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Software Engineering Economics Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0138221225 ISBN-10: 0138221227 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 767 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (November 1, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0138221227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0138221225
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ted Carroll (revonrat@nwlink.com) on May 11, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a great book and should be required reading for anyone who schedules software projects. Some of the data is out of date and readers should look to the website for updates. If this book contained current information it would easily be a 10.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ramón on September 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Software Engineering Economics" is *the* book to be considered for anybody wishing to seriously enter the world of software cost estimation - only if it were because of the extremely great influence this book has had on this very peculiar aspect of software engineering. In this aspect, Barry Boehm is undoubtly the master.
HOWEVER, it must be kept in mind that the book itself is somewhat outdated - COCOMO 81, as defined by Barry Boehm, has been overtaken by new technologies and in particular by the surge in PCs & the Internet. The basic model is still valid - I still use it myself - provided you are aware what the background in computing was when it was written, and you carefully assign the adjustment factors.
Barry Boehm himself recognizes that COCOMO 81 is no longer valid - hence his collaboration with COCOMO II, which has addressed many of the problems that affected the old COCOMO 81 (e.g., it was mainly thought for development of software on expensive mainframes, and development tools have greatly evolved since that time). Still, I insist, if you are careful when making your estimations, the model and the techniques presented in this book are very useful and could be applied even on more modern projects.
My second HOWEVER is related to use the model presented in this book for Software Maintenance purposes. Though the book has a chapter on this issue, by opinion is a radical NO-No on this particular issue. COCOMO 81 (as presented in this book) and COCOMO II are adequate for software development purposes. I totally disagree that they are adequate for software Maintenance purposes (though COCOMO II is at least not so very bad).
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1999
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I own a copy and have referenced it numerous times. Perhaps I'm too veteran, but I don't look too often anymore. You may still find this book useful, and it certainly is cited very often, but be warned - it was written in 1981. How much has the software industry changed since then?
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