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Providing Quality In Estimating Software Development Costs


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A. Arifoglu


Providing quality in estimating software development costs A. Arifoglu Department of Computer Engineering, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara, Turkey ABSTRACT Software Cost Estimation is an empirical process to find out basically the effort and time requirements for software development process. The paper gives a quick overview on the available cost estimation methods with a discussion related to their anomalies. Then it focuses on the methodological application of those techniques throughout the development process with successive refinements. Two of the software risks which are known as unrealistic schedule and budget risks are aimed to be minimized by a new cost estimation model presented in the paper. Keywords : Software Cost Estimation INTRODUCTION Cost estimation can be defined as an empirical process of estimating the effort and time costs for any software product before developing it. It is very important for scheduling and managing the