FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE COST OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMING. VOLUME II. A QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS
SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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Results of an exploratory analysis aimed at deriving better cost- estimating relationships for computer programming development are presented. Based equations that estimate costs in terms of such resources as man months and computer hours are derived. Since these estimating devices were evolved from a small and, perhaps, unrepresentative sample of programs, the use of these equations is not recommended for actual planning. The study concludes that multivariate regression analysis, supplemented by pertinent judgment and intuition, is an appropriate tool for deriving cost-estimating relationships. To arrive at more useful prediction equations, recommendations are made for continuing the research. The basic inputs for the analyses, the actual cost data, representing twentyseven program development efforts, are included.
- Computer Programming and Software