Accession Number : ADA302988

Title :   An Experimental Investigation of the Impact of Conflicting Project Goals on Staff Resource Allocation.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Swett, Clinton L.

PDF Url : ADA302988

Report Date : JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 140

Abstract : The Department of Defense Information Technology budget stands at nine billion dollars and is under severe scrutiny while the backlog of required software continues to grow. It is thereby necessary to improve the efficiency of managing the software process. This thesis uses the Systems Dynamic Model of Software Project Management to investigate the effects of stated goals on project manager behavior. Specifically, the experiment focuses on how software project managers allocate resources in both relaxed and constrained resource environments. The effect of goals on manager performance are measured in terms of staffing level decisions, percent of staff allocated to quality assurance activities, estimated schedule, and estimated cost. The results show that manager performance is highly sensitive to stated goals.

Descriptors :   *SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, DATA BASES, COMPUTER PROGRAM DOCUMENTATION, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, OPTIMIZATION, MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, DECISION MAKING, MANPOWER UTILIZATION, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), DEMOGRAPHY, COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE, COST ESTIMATES, THESES, SCHEDULING, ALLOCATIONS, MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, QUALITY ASSURANCE, COMPUTER FILES.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE