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Author Chrysler, Earl
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword Programmer management ♦ Programmer productivity ♦ Program development equation ♦ Programmer evaluation ♦ Predicting program development time ♦ Program estimation techniques ♦ Programmer performance standards ♦ Programmer scheduling ♦ Cobol programming ♦ Value of programming experience
Abstract The purpose of this research was to examine the relationship between processing characteristics of programs and experience characteristics of programmers and program development time. The ultimate objective was to develop a technique for predicting the amount of time necessary to create a computer program. The fifteen program characteristics hypothesized as being associated with an increase in programming time required are objectively measurable from preprogramming specifications. The five programmer characteristics are experience-related and are also measurable before a programming task is begun. Nine program characteristics emerged as major influences on program development time, each associated with increased program development time. All five programmer characteristics were found to be related to reduced program development time. A multiple regression equation which contained one programmer characteristic and four program characteristics gave evidence of good predictive power for forecasting program development time.
Description Affiliation: Univ. of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha (Chrysler, Earl)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-08-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Communications of the ACM (CACM)
Volume Number 21
Issue Number 6
Page Count 12
Starting Page 472
Ending Page 483


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Source: ACM Digital Library