Software Engineering Economics

Barry W. Boehm
1984 IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering  
This paper summarizes the current state of the art and recent trends in software engineering economics. It provides an overview of economic analysis techniques and their applicability to software engineering and management. It surveys the field of software cost estimation, including the major estimation techniques available, the state of the art in algorithmic cost models, and the outstanding research issues in software cost estimation. Index Terms-Computer programming costs, cost models,
more » ... ment decision aids, software cost estimation, software economics, software engineering, software management. Outline of This Paper The economics field has evolved a number of techniques (cost-benefit analysis, present-value analysis, risk analysis, etc.) for dealing with decision issues such as the ones above. Section II of this paper provides an overview of these techniques and their applicability to software engineering.
doi:10.1109/tse.1984.5010193 fatcat:rsykvbrxpvde3jrvtaafi622aq