Capers Jones

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Capers Jones
Citizenship American
Alma mater University of Florida
Known for Software project estimation
Scientific career
Fields Software engineering
Institutions IBM, ITT, Software Productivity Research, Namcook Analytics

Capers Jones is an American specialist in software engineering methodologies, and is often associated with the function point model of cost estimation.

Jones was born in St Petersburg, Florida, United States and graduated from the University of Florida.[1] Jones became the President and CEO of Capers Jones & Associates and latterly Chief Scientist Emeritus of Software Productivity Research (SPR).[2] In 2011, Capers Jones co-founded Namcook Analytics LLC, where he is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO).[3]

Jones collects data on software quality, software risks, and software best practices.[citation needed] His many computer science publications have been widely used by many organizations and educators. He formed his own business in 1984, Software Productivity Research,[2] after holding positions at IBM and ITT. After retiring from Software Productivity Research in 2000, he remains active as an independent management consultant. He has often worked as an expert witness in software breach of contract litigation and also in tax cases where software assets are part of the case.

Mr. Jones is a Distinguished Advisor to the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ).[citation needed] CISQ brings together industry executives from Global 2000 IT organizations, system integrators, outsourcers, and package vendors to jointly address the challenge of standardizing the measurement of IT software quality and to promote a market-based ecosystem to support its deployment.


"High-quality software is not expensive. High-quality software is faster and cheaper to build and maintain than low-quality software, from initial development all the way through total cost of ownership."[4]



  1. ^ "T. Capers Jones (BA, 1961)". University of Florida, USA. Fall 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Software Productivity Research
  3. ^ Capers Jones bio at Namcook Analytics Archived March 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Jones, Caper, Bonsignour, Olivier, and Jitendra Subramanyam, Jitendra, The Economics of Software Quality, Addison-Wesley Longman, 2011.

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