Software Project Survival Guide

Resources for Chapter 3: Survival Concepts

Resources Cited

  • Report on benefits of CMM-style process improvement: Herbsleb, James, et al, Benefits of CMM Based Software Process Improvement: Initial Results,Pittsburgh:
    Software Engineering Institute, Document CMU/SEI-94-TR-13, August 1994.
    [general info]
  • Figure 3-5, Increase in defect cost over time. Feel free to use this figure in your own documents and presentations as long as you use it unmodified, including the
    credit line.
    [jpg][embedded in Word document]
  • Figure 3-6, Cone of uncertainty. Feel free to use this figure in your own documents and presentations as long as you use it unmodified, including the credit line.
    [jpg] [embedded in Word document]
  • Information on the "cone of uncertainty" and the tendency of size estimates to grow over the course of a project: Manager’s Handbook for Software Development, Revision
    1. Document number SEL-84-101. Greenbelt, Maryland: Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, 1990.
    [html] [pdf]
  • Survival Check

Related Resources

  • "Software's Ten Essentials", IEEE Software, March/April 1997
    [html]
  • "From Anarchy to Optimizing," Software Development, July 1993 (A summary of the SEI’s capability maturity model).
    [html]
  • "Upstream Decisions, Downstream Costs," Windows Tech Journal, November 1993-1998, pp. 15-19.
    [html]
  • SPC's list of Process Improvement Resources
    [html]