Accession Number:

ADA055597

Title:

Estimating Computer Software Development Costs.

Descriptive Note:

Study project rept.,

Corporate Author:

DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT SCHOOL FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1975-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

69.0

Abstract:

The purpose of this study was to identify, define, and evaluate techniques for estimating computer software development costs. The reasons for the high cost of computer software and poor computer software estimates are discussed. Existing estimating techniques and rules of thumb are presented and their applicability to cost estimating minicomputer software development in the DoD Program Office is considered. The writer concludes that there is no single technique that will give an accurate estimate for all situations. A large number of factors that affect the cost of computer software development have been identified. Therefore, it is mandatory that the estimator have the best possible handle on the most important of these factors. He recommends that the Program Office establish data bases from which estimates can be made by parametric methods.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE