Software Cost Estimating Methodology.
Final rept. Jun-Sep 76,
AIR FORCE AVIONICS LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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The cost analysts of today are not only faced with predicting or estimating the research, development, test, and evaluation RDT and E, operation andor support costs of weapon systems hardware, but are also expected to derive a similar cost estimate for software. This report reviews several software cost estimating models which exist today, and gives examples of their application to actual software programs. The models or cost estimating relationships CERs presented generally provide software cost estimates for the RDT and E phases of the life cycle, but have yet to be validated. The purpose of this report is to present some of the more popular software cost models and to encourage validation studies to determine which methods or models provide greatest promise for accuracy. It is hoped that this report will stimulate research and analysis into software cost estimating similar to the work being done in hardware cost prediction techniques. Author
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