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Estimating Software Costs by Capers Jones

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Chapter 12Software Technology Adjustment Factors

Once we have completed the administrative, sizing, and chart of accounts selection aspects of our estimate, we are ready to deal with one of the most important of all estimating tasks, which is that of dealing with software technology adjustment factors.

Here the commercial estimating tools really come into their own, because knowledge of how any particular tool, method, programming language, or skill set can affect the outcome of a software project is obviously a job for a rule-based expert system, where the rules themselves are derived from empirical data taken from hundreds, or even thousands, of software projects.

Estimating tool vendors also need active consulting and research groups in ...

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