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Why Does Software Cost So Much? Towards a Causal Model

October 2017 Presentation
Robert W. Stoddard, Michael D. Konrad

Presentation on research to build an actionable, full causal model of software cost factors that is immediately useful to DoD programs and contract negotiators

Publisher:

Software Engineering Institute

Abstract

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.