A program manager's guide for software cost estimating
Dobbs, Andrew L.
MetadataShow full item record
This thesis will assist current and future program managers by outlining a process to ensure the software cost estimates developed for a system will be credible and supportable throughout the life of the program. This thesis also identifies many of the problems associated with software cost estimating and recommends potential solutions. One of the critical parameters for estimating software cost is the quantity of source lines of code (SLOC) required in the program. Therefore, this thesis examines the software cost implications of improperly estimating SLOC and function points. Some of the other parameters required to estimate the software cost include language, functionality, application, software processes maturity, programmer skill level, design and reuse, productivity factors, complexity, utilization and schedules. Many of these parameters overlap. For example, both the complexity of the code and skill level of the programmer directly impacts the productivity and schedule of the program. This thesis provides a broad view of the software cost estimating process. In the reference and appendix section, a list of valuable resources including commercial estimating models is provided for further assistance.
RightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Turner, Richard; Madachy, Ray; Lane, Jo Ann; Ingold, Dan; Levine, Laurence (SERC, 2013-03-06); SERC-2013-TR-022-2This is the 2nd of two reports that were created for research on this topic funded through SERC. The first report, SERC-TR-032-1 dated March 13, 2012, constituted the 2011-2012 Annual Technical Report and the Final Technical ...
Naegle, Brad R. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2017-04-19); NPS-CE-17-042Department of Defense (DoD) software-intensive systems and the software content in other systems will continue to grow and may dominate total ownership costs (TOC) in the future. These costs are exacerbated by the fact ...
Naegle, Brad R. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2017-04); NPS-CE-17-042Department of Defense (DoD) software-intensive systems and the software content in other systems will continue to grow and may dominate total ownership costs (TOC) in the future. These costs are exacerbated by the fact ...