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Issue No.05 - Sept.-Oct. (2013 vol.30)
pp: 76-77
In "Exploring Software Project Effort versus Duration Trade-offs" (IEEE Software, July/Aug. 2012, pp. 67-74), Charles Symons proposed a process for exploring the trade-off between project duration and effort. However, the author of this comment argues that the process he described incorrectly estimates the strength of the relationship, finding a problem with the derivation. A Monte Carlo simulation demonstrates that the proposed process yields an incorrect result. A Web extra describes the mathematical results that showed this.
time estimation, cost estimation, planning, project control and modeling, schedule and organizational issues,
Han Suelmann, "Revisiting Software Project Effort versus Duration Trade-offs: A Comment on a Proposed Process", IEEE Software, vol.30, no. 5, pp. 76-77, Sept.-Oct. 2013, doi:10.1109/MS.2013.72
1. C. Symons, “Exploring Software Project Effort versus Duration Trade-offs,” IEEE Software, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 67-74; doi:10.1109/MS.2011.126.
2. L.H. Putnam, “, A General Empirical Solution to the Macro Software Sizing and Estimating Problem,” IEEE Trans. Software Eng., vol. SE-4, no. 4, 1978, pp. 345-361.
3. R.B. Kline, Principles and Practice of Structural Equation Modelling, Guilford Press, 2005.
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