9780130266927: Software Cost Estimation with Cocomo II

Follow-on book to Dr. Barry Boehm's classic Software Cost Estimation, this book will show professional developers how to use the COCOMO (Cost Comparison Model) II model developed by Dr. Boehm at USC to generate end-to-end cost analysis figures for software development projects.

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"One of the most significant software technology accomplishments of the last quarter of this century is the increasing usage of software parametric models for resource estimation and project management. There is n especially wide familiarity of the COCOMO model across a range of academia, industry and government. The publication in 1981 of the original COCOMO model in Software Engineering Economics remains the one technical reference that everyone involved in this field of endeavor has on their bookshelf and is still in continuos usage. The development of the COCOMO II model encompasses key advances in software technology. This new textbook on COCOMO II as we enter this next millennium will fill the same crucial niche and should be a must as a companion volume on every bookshelf."—Marilee Wheaton, Director, Office of Cost Estimation, TRW Systems & Information Technology Group



"This book is the culmination of five years of partnering between the USC Center for Software Engineering and industrial experts in the field of software cost estimation. While not a replacement for Dr. Boehm's classic Software Engineering Economics, consider it a valuable and timely supplement focusing upon today's software products and processes."—Gary Thomas, Engineering Fellow, Raytheon



"…Barry Boehm's team-produced book is not simply about cost estimation, but a comprehensive and state-of-the-art view of the software engineering process. A great strength of the new book is Chapter 3, which presents detailed application examples. In the first example, Boehm revisits the Transaction Process System case study from the '81 Software Engineering Economics book and, while applying the new COCOMO II model, gives a practical, concise view of the last 20 years' progress in software engineering methodology. Another example, the Airborne Radar System design, demonstrates that the methods and tools taught are highly applicable to and useful in designing large, complex, real-time embedded systems as well."—Dr. Peter Hantos, Principal Scientist, Xerox Corporation



"Barry Boehm and his colleagues address the wide range of modern software development practices in their COCOMO II family of estimation models described in this book. The focus is primarily on estimating size, effort, and schedule. A quality model has also been included. This book is a 'must have' for every software estimator and cost analyst. Managers and instructors will also find it interesting and useful."—Richard D. Stutzke, Vice President, Science Applications International Corp

From the Back Cover:

Don't become a statistic—take control of your software projects and plan for success!

Success in all types of organization depends increasingly on the development of customized software solutions, yet more than half of software projects now in the works will exceed both their schedules and their budgets by more than 50%.

While some types of overruns remain unpredictable, most can be avoided by sound modeling. COCOMO II provides you with a thorough rework of the classic COCOMO model to address modern software processes and construction techniques along with representative examples of applying the models to key software decision situations. It was calibrated and validated using innovative statistical techniques to fit both expert judgment and 161 carefully collected project data points. The book also introduces emerging COCOMO II extensions for cost and schedule estimation of COTS integration and rapid development. You'll also:

  • Learn firsthand from knowledgeable authors—over 100 person-years of software cost estimation experience
  • Make better software decisions by exploring their cost implications
  • Use the cost and schedule estimates to better plan and control your projects and manage your risks
  • Get started now with the software on the accompanying CD
  • Keep up to date with the authors' Web site

Software engineers, managers, and students will all find Software Cost Estimation with COCOMO II an invaluable guide to developing and managing successful software projects on time and under budget.

About the CD-ROM

The accompanying CD-ROM includes a current copy of COCOMO II, along with demonstration versions of three commercial COCOMO II packages and an extensive documentation suite. All examples from the book are provided live, so you can work them hands on, along with the reading.

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