The relationship between software development team size and software development cost

Parag C. Pendharkar, James A. Rodger

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Abstract

A relationship between team size and software development cost is studied in a bid to provide advanced software coordination and communication capabilities for large sized teams. The International Software Benchmarking Standards Group (ISBSG) provides production economics theory as a guideline for testing the relationship between team size and the associated software cost. The models such as linear regression, log-linear models to test non-linear relationships, and non-parametric data envelopment analysis (DEA) model tests relationship between team size and software effort. The results suggest that the DEA approach do not impose a particular form on the production function and assumes a monotonically increasing and convex relationship between inputs and outputs. The constant returns to scale (CRS) means that proportional change in team size mean same proportional change in software effort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-144
Number of pages4
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)

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