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Software Sizing Database Using Bookmaster

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122513D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 66K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hlava, A: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a process for maintaining a set of software sizing estimates in a database that allows for schedule volatility, differing views of the data, and easy incorporation of background material into design documentation. The database is stored as a series of BookMaster* source files.

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Software Sizing Database Using Bookmaster

      Disclosed is a process for maintaining a set of software
sizing estimates in a database that allows for schedule volatility,
differing views of the data, and easy incorporation of background
material into design documentation.  The database is stored as a
series of BookMaster* source files.

      An effective database for software-sizing estimates should
comply with the following requirements:
      -    It must be easy to create and then to modify the estimate
as more is learned about the project.
      -    It must not be difficult to learn or to use (low education
cost).
      -    It must allow for inclusion of design information as
background to the sizing data, implying that free-format text and
diagrams must be included in the database.
      -    It must facilitate incorporating this design information
into design documentation in the early stage of implementation.
      -    Different people must be able access different levels of
information.
      -    It must be easy to move the item between releases as plans
change.

      The disclosed method incorporates these requirements as
follows:
      -    BookMaster source files are used as database entries (one
file per item).
      -    BookMaster comments containing keywords are used to
identify fixed fields in the sizing data, e.g., title, total person-
months.
      -    The softwar...