Accession Number : ADP003591

Title :   Cost/Schedule Management for Software Development,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Wendt,H. ; Evans,M. W.

Report Date : NOV 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : The importance of good cost/schedule analysis in the Program Management environment is taken for granted. Methods and procedures for WBS have been structured, taught, and generally are accepted as good management technqiues. In a hardware environment, this WBS structure is applied to a proposed design or prototype. The basic hardware elements and interfaces are known; cost schedule estimates can be applied to the specific design elements. Software programs do not have a structure or design at contract award. A preliminary design compatible with current WBS criteria is not available until PDR. The pre-PDR software development is comparable to hardware R & D; what design does exist is based on a supposed prototype or model and not a suitable basis for cost/schedule forecasts. This paper discusses the need for a well planned software WBS and the numerous management and technical factors which must be planned for and developed to insure the WBS adequately represents the program and provides the needed controls. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Management, *Planning programming budgeting, *Cost analysis, *Scheduling, *Computer programming, Cost estimates, Methodology, Prototypes, Interfaces

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE