Software Data Collection Study. Volume V. Survey of Project Managers.
Final technical rept. Jun 75-Jun 76,
SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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Due to the paucity of data in the technical literature dealing with the problems, procedures and data requirements for the management and scientific investigation of software development, a survey was conducted sampling SDC project managers and military program offices. The survey asked questions concerning the willingness to supply data, sources of unreliability, the classes of data supplied and needed, and current data collection practices. Responses were received from all three services as well as SDC managers about two-thirds of the military responses were from Air Force Agencies. Project managers were relatively willing to release all classes of data except direct dollar costs, although feelings varied widely. All projects had an organized method of planning and producing software, but few thought actual planning was adequate. In general, projects felt that they were rushed into code production without adequate designs. Automation, standardization, systemization with full understanding of needs and provisions, and independent verification through audit checks were seen as the most promising solutions to data collection problems.
- Computer Programming and Software