COCOMO

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COCOMO

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COCOMO

(COnstructive COst MOdel) A method for estimating a software project which was conceived by Dr. Barry Boehm in his 1981 book, "Software Engineering Economics." The heart of COCOMO is based on the Effort Equation, which applies a value to the tasks at hand based on the scope of the project (ranging from a small, familiar system to a complex system that is new to the organization). The Costar package from Softstar Systems, Amherst, NH (www.softstarsystems.com) has been using the COCOMO method since 1986. See also DOCOMO.
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(iii) The advanced or detailed COCOMO 81 reduces the margin of error in the final estimate by incorporating all characteristics of the intermediate version with the determination of the cost driver's impact on each step, that is, analysis and design of the software engineering process.

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