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Estimating Software Costs by Capers Jones

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Chapter 9Sizing Software Deliverables

Up until this point our discussion of software cost estimating has dealt primarily with surface issues that are not highly complex. We are now beginning to deal with some of the software cost-estimating issues that are very complex indeed.

It will soon be evident why software cost-estimating tools either must be limited to a small range of software projects or else must utilize hundreds of rules and a knowledge base of thousands of projects in order to work well.

It is easier to build software estimating tools that aim at specific domains, such as those aimed only at military projects or at management information systems projects, than to build estimating tools that can work equally well with information ...

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