Title page for ETD etd-02232010-020031
|Type of Document
||Gavin, Victor S.
||Evaluation of cost estimating methods for military software application in a COTS environment
||Master of Science
|Harmon, L. Kenneth Jr.
|Blanchard, Benjamin S. Jr.
|Johnson, William M.
- function point analysis
- rule of thumb estimation
- software development
- commercial off the shelf (COTS)
- parametric software estimation
|Date of Defense
Due to changes in the economy, the Department of Defense is requiring
dramatic changes in its procurement process for major systems. These
changes attempt to leverage from the large quantity of commercial software
that is currently on the. market. As a result, better estimating techniques are
required to properly account for software reuse. For government agencies,
these techniques must be understood and applied when validating and
tracking contractor performance. An industry survey was performed and
subsequently two techniques were evaluated. The evaluation criteria used is
consistent with the attributes of the systems engineering process. This project
will evaluate the two most widely used; function point analysis and rule of
thumb analysis were selected for computing the cost of a specified software
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