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Measuring Technology Effects on Software Change Cost D. L. Atkins, A. Mockus, and H. P. Siy
 

Summary: Measuring Technology Effects on Software Change Cost
D. L. Atkins, A. Mockus, and H. P. Siy
May 11, 2000
Abstract
We describe a methodologyfor precise quantitative measure-
ment of technology impact on software change effort. The
methodology employs measures of small software changes
to determine the effect of technology. We illustrate this ap-
proach in a detailed case study on the impact of using two
particular technologies­a version-sensitive source code ed-
itor and a domain engineered application environment­in a
telecommunications product. In both cases the change effort
was reduced. The methodology can precisely measure cost
savings in change effort and is simple and inexpensive since
it relies on information automatically collected by version
control systems.
1 Introduction
Software engineering productivity is notorious for being dif-
ficult to improve [6]. New technologies are constantly being
introduced in the hopes of increasing productivity by mak-

  

Source: Atkins, David - Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Oregon

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences