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An investigation of effective factors on effort estimation of software projects inside the organization

Bardsiri, Elham Khatibi (2013) An investigation of effective factors on effort estimation of software projects inside the organization. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Computer Science and Information System.


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Management of software projects has become a challenging issue during the last decade. The latest published statistics related to the status of software projects shows a substantial rate of fail, which has raised a critical challenge for project managers. In prior studies, inaccurate effort estimation has been mentioned as the most important reason behind the fail of software projects. The latest published papers in this area reported that the accuracy of existing estimation models are not convincing and the flexibility of models is not enough to be utilized for different types of project. Considering an estimation process (estimation model, materials, techniques and so on) to be used in a wide range of organizations regardless of the capabilities and specifications of organization is the main problem leads the current estimation models towards inaccurate and unreliable estimates. As a solution, each organization must know its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats, capabilities and all aspects related to effort estimation. In other words, the real status of organization in terms of effort estimation must be clarified so that the reasonable decisions can be made to reach an efficient process of effort estimation. This research conducts a survey in which the important aspects of effort estimation including estimation process, limitations, management issues and project attributes are evaluated. Unlike prior survey-based studies conducted in the past, this research focuses on importance of project attributes and management issues. In addition, this research tries to integrate the concepts considered by prior studies separately. Moreover the relationships between the key concepts related to effort estimation are evaluated and discussed. Finally, a form is designed in which the results are efficiently summarized, which clearly depicts the real status of organization if field of effort estimation. This survey is conducted on a sample of 135 developers working in a large software company.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information:Thesis (Sarjana Sains (Teknologi Maklumat - Pengurusan)) - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2013; Supervisor : Dr. Roliana Ibrahim
Uncontrolled Keywords:project management, software
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions:Computer Science and Information System
ID Code:33205
Deposited By: Kamariah Mohamed Jong
Deposited On:25 Oct 2013 07:11
Last Modified:11 Sep 2017 01:23

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