UDC 65.01

Towards a Methodology to Estimate Cost of Object-Oriented Software Development Projects

Radoslav M. Raković1

  1. Energoprojekt-Entel Co. Ltd.
    Bulevar Mihaila Pupina 12, Belgrade, Serbia
    rmrakovic@ep-entel.com

Abstract

Successful management of a software project, besides a well-defined project development process, requires an early estimate of project complexity. In a prevailing practice, software development costs usually have been determined a posteriori i.e. after software project implementation. It is essential, however, to know this estimate a priori, i.e., before commencement of works. This paper presents an attempt to construct a methodology that would enable an early estimate of software development cost and its refinements during subsequent development phases. The methodology assumes an object-oriented approach based on the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Unified Software Development Process (USDP). It outlines an Use Case Driven, Architecture-Centric, Iterative and Incremental estimate process that could significantly improve and simplify early cost estimates. The presented methodology is illustrated on example of the POST software development project.

Publication information

Volume 1, Issue 2 (November 2004)
Year of Publication: 2004
ISSN: 1820-0214 (Print) 2406-1018 (Online)
Publisher: ComSIS Consortium

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Raković, R. M.: Towards a Methodology to Estimate Cost of Object-Oriented Software Development Projects. Computer Science and Information Systems, Vol. 1, No. 2, 173-194. (2004)