Use Case Points (UCP) is a method of calculating the hours of effort using your use cases.
So how is it done?
To start you assign your use cases and actors weighting.
- Simple: 1
- Average: 2
- Complex: 3
The next step is to assign how many hours per point you will assign, for this example we will use 20 hours for each single point.
We do the following maths
[Total UCP points] x [hours per point]
38 x 20 = 760 hours of effort
That is UCP put simply, there is much much more to UCP.
For more information i recommend reading this site http://www2.fiit.stuba.sk/~bielik/courses/msi-slov/reporty/use_case_points.pdf