Software cost option strategy tool (S-COST)

Barry Boehm, In Hoh

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The process of resolving cost-requirements conflicts is difficult because of incompatibilities among stakeholders' interests and priorities, complex cost-requirements dependencies, and an exponentially increasing option space for larger systems. This paper describes an exploratory knowledge-based tool, the Software Cost Option Strategy Tool (S-COST), for assisting stakeholders to surface appropriate cost-resolution options, to visualize the options, and to negotiate a mutually satisfactory balance of requirements and cost. S-COST operates in the context of the USC-CSE WinWin system (a groupware support system for determining software and system requirements as negotiated win conditions), QARCC (a support system for identifying conflicts in quality requirements), and COCOMO (COnstructive COst estimation MOdel). Initial analyses of its capabilities indicate that its semiautomated approach provides users with improved capabilities for addressing cost-requirements issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings - IEEE Computer Society's International Computer Software & Applications Conference
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1996 IEEE 20th Annual International Computer Software & Applications Conference, COMPSAC'96 - Seoul, S Korea
Duration: 1996 Aug 211996 Aug 23

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications


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