COCOMO® 2.0 Overview
The USC Center for Software Engineering's Focused Workshop on COCOMO® 2.0
was held on May 16-18, 1995 as part of the USC-CSE Affiliates' Program.
Over 30 attendees participated in this workshop from the Center's 29
Affiliates in academia, government, and industry.
Preparation for the workshop began in mid-April when the Center sent an
issue paper to Affiliates requesting counter position papers a week before
the start of the workshop. The issues raised in these papers were
addressed as part of the workshop.
The morning of the first day of the workshop was an overview of the current
status of COCOMO® 2.0 research:
Several Affiliates made presentations in the early afternoon on topics that
were relevant to this workshop:
- Dr. Barry Boehm presented the workshop objectives, breakout group
issues, and an update on the COCOMO® 2.0 model and project.
- Dr. Rick Selby presented the Amadeus Analysis System, how it is used in
the research project and its current release status.
- Lt. Thomas Majchrowski, who is on the USC-CSE COCOMO® software
development team, presented the status of the COCOMO® 2.0 software project.
- Dr. Chris Westland presented an overview of how project data is used to
build and refine COCOMO®.
- Dr. Marc Kellner discussed using Process Maturity, as defined by the
SEI's CMM, as a COCOMO® cost driver.
On the afternoon of the first day of the workshop, breakout groups were
formed to discuss and make recommendations on the issues most popular with
the Affiliates in attendance. The breakout group discussion topics were:
- Dr. John Gaffney (SPC) presented a study of using a simplified version
of function points for cost estimation.
- Mr. Walt Johnson presented Loral's approach for estimating the impact of
using Commercial Off-the-shelf Software in software development.
- Dr. Jairus Hihn presented JPL's method of cost estimation in an
incremental software development environment.
- Mr. Gary Thomas (E-Systems) presented some software sizing comparisons
of physical lines to code to logical lines of code.
- Mr. Alex Lubashevsky (AT&T) discussed the adequacy of using function
points as a sizing metric.
- Mr. Marvin Carr (SEI) discussed the relationship between COCOMO® 2.0 and
the SEI Risk Taxonomy.
The remainder of the workshop was spent in breakout groups. There was a
cross-cutting issues session on the second day where all of the attendees
gathered together and each breakout group presented their initial ideas on
their discussion issue. A final report was presented by each group on the
last day of the workshop, May 18th. After the breakout group
presentations, Dr. Boehm presented a response to breakout group ideas.
- COTS Integration Cost Estimation
- Sizing Software
- Process Maturity as a COCOMO® 2.0 Cost Driver
- Operational Issues in Data Collection and Analysis
Contacting the COCOMO® 2.0 Project
For questions on USC COCOMO® software, the COCOMO® 2.0 Model, data
definitions, or project data collection and management, contact:
Center for Software Engineering Contacts:
- Chris Abts or Brad Clark.....................(213) 740-6470
- Karen Prouten................................(213) 740-5703
- Dr. Barry Boehm..............................(213) 740-8163
- Center for Software Engineering Fax..........(213) 740-4927
- Internet Electronic-Mail.........email@example.com
- World Wide Web..http://sunset.usc.edu/COCOMO2.0/Cocomo.html
For questions on using Amadeus, its installation, COCOMO® 2.0 Templates, and
Center for Software Engineering Address:
- Rick Selby...................................(714) 725-6400
- Internet Electronic-Mail...........firstname.lastname@example.org
COCOMO® 2.0 Data Submission
Center for Software Engineering
Department of Computer Science
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0781
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