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Why Does Software Cost So Much?

Why Does Software Cost So Much?

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Robert Stoddard

Cost estimation was cited by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as one of the top two reasons why DoD programs continue to have cost overruns. How can we better estimate and manage the cost of systems that are increasingly software intensive? To contain costs, it is essential to understand the factors that drive costs and which ones can be controlled. Although we understand the relationships between certain factors, we do not yet separate the causal...

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Improving the Reliability of Expert Opinion within Early Lifecycle Cost Estimation

Improving the Reliability of Expert Opinion within Early Lifecycle Cost Estimation

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Robert Stoddard

As part of our research related to early acquisition lifecycle cost estimation for the Department of Defense (DoD), my colleagues in the SEI's Software Engineering Measurement & Analysis initiative and I began envisioning a potential solution that would rely heavily on expert judgment of future possible program execution scenarios. Previous to our work on cost estimation, many parametric cost models required domain expert input, but, in our opinion, they did not address alternative scenarios of...

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