A data collection case study supporting requirements oriented prediction and management in software developments
Boness, K. and Harrison, R. (2002) A data collection case study supporting requirements oriented prediction and management in software developments. In: 26th Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference : proceedings : 26-29 August, 2002, Oxford, England/. IEEE Computer Society Press,, Los Alamitos, Calif., pp. 744-746. ISBN 0-7695-1727-7
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Consider the statement "this project should cost X and has risk of Y". Such statements are used daily in industry as the basis for making decisions. The work reported here is part of a study aimed at providing a rational and pragmatic basis for such statements. Of particular interest are predictions made in the requirements and early phases of projects. A preliminary model has been constructed using Bayesian Belief Networks and in support of this, a programme to collect and study data during the execution of various software development projects commenced in May 2002. The data collection programme is undertaken under the constraints of a commercial industrial regime of multiple concurrent small to medium scale software development projects. Guided by pragmatism, the work is predicated on the use of data that can be collected readily by project managers; including expert judgements, effort, elapsed times and metrics collected within each project.