An empirical study of the impact of team size on software development effort

Parag C. Pendharkar, James A. Rodger

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In this paper, we investigate the impact of team size on the software development effort. Using field data of over 200 software projects from various industries, we empirically test the impact of team size and other variables - such as software size in function points, ICASE tool and programming language type - on software development effort. Our results indicate that software size in function points significantly impacts the software development effort. The two-way interactions between function points and use of ICASE tool, and function points and language type are significant as well. Additionally, the interactions between team size and programming language type, and team size and use of ICASE tool were all significant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-262
Number of pages10
JournalInformation Technology and Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Communication
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)


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