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An investigation of effort distribution among development phases: A four-stage progressive software cost estimation model

Papatheocharous, Efi and Bibi, Stamatia and Stamelos, Ioannis and Andreou, Andreas S (2017) An investigation of effort distribution among development phases: A four-stage progressive software cost estimation model. Journal of Software: Evolution and Process, 29 (10).

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Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/smr.188...

Abstract

Software cost estimation is a key process in project management. Estimations in the initial project phases are made with a lot of uncertainty that influences estimation accuracy which typically increases as the project progresses in time. Project data collected during the various project phases can be used in a progressive time-dependent fashion to train software cost estimation models. Our motivation is to reduce uncertainty and increase confidence based on the understanding of patterns of effort distributions in development phases of real-world projects. In this work, we study effort distributions and suggest a four-stage progressive software cost estimation model, adjusting the initial effort estimates during the development life-cycle based on newly available data. Initial estimates are reviewed on the basis of the experience gained as development progresses and as new information becomes available. The proposed model provides an early, a post-planning, a post-specifications, and a post-design estimate, while it uses industrial data from the ISBSG (R10) dataset. The results reveal emerging patterns of effort distributions and indicate that the model provides effective estimations and exhibits high explanatory value. Contributions in lessons learned and practical implications are also provided.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:6181
Deposited By:Efi Papatheocharous
Deposited On:20 Dec 2017 14:11
Last Modified:20 Dec 2017 14:11

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