Why Does Software Cost So Much? Towards a Causal Model
October 2017 • Poster
Robert W. Stoddard, Michael D. Konrad
Poster on research to build an actionable, full causal model of software cost factors
Software Engineering Institute
The DoD needs to identify factors causing high software costs in order to enact new software policy and enable more informed negotiated pricing of contracted software. In this work, we use new data mining techniques to evaluate datasets representing about 60 unique cost factors and more than 15 cost relationships. From that evaluation, we are building an actionable, full causal model of software cost factors that is immediately useful to DoD programs and contract negotiators.