Conference Paper – An Investigation on Application Domains for Software Effort Distribution Patterns

Title:  An Investigation on Application Domains for Software Effort Distribution Patterns

Publication Date: 11/2/2011

Conference: 26th International Forum on Systems, Software and Cocomo Cost Modeling, Los Angeles, CA, November 2011

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Abstract
Many software cost estimation models suggest a one-size-fit-all effort distribution patterns as the basis of their guidelines for resource allocation on software development activities. This set of distribution percentages is generally developed from experiences with limited data support. In this paper, we will examine a set of real world data points and share our findings that uncover the significant variations of effort distribution patterns when categorized by application domains. Furthermore, we will discuss the possibility of extracting active factors from application domains that may help us enhance the overall effort distribution patterns as in COCOMO II model.

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