Practitioner's Knowledge Representation

A Pathway to Improve Software Effort Estimation

Authors: Mendes, Emilia

  • Presents an industry-proven methodology for (software) effort estimation
  • Illustrated by several case studies employing a widely-used tool
  • Author with long-term experience in industry and academia
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About this book

The main goal of this book is to help organizations improve their effort estimates and effort estimation processes by providing a step-by-step methodology that takes them through the creation and validation of models that are based on their own knowledge and experience. Such models, once validated, can then be used to obtain predictions, carry out risk analyses, enhance their estimation processes for new projects and generally advance them as learning organizations.

Emilia Mendes presents the Expert-Based Knowledge Engineering of Bayesian Networks (EKEBNs) methodology, which she has used and adapted during the course of several industry collaborations with different companies world-wide over more than 6 years. The book itself consists of two major parts: first, the methodology’s foundations in knowledge management, effort estimation (with special emphasis on the intricacies of software and Web development) and Bayesian networks are detailed; then six industry case studies are presented which illustrate the practical use of EKEBNs. Domain experts from each company participated in the elicitation of the bespoke models for effort estimation and all models were built employing the widely-used Netica ™ tool. This part is rounded off with a chapter summarizing the experiences with the methodology and the derived models.

Practitioners working on software project management, software process quality or effort estimation and risk analysis in general will find a thorough introduction into an industry-proven methodology as well as numerous experiences, tips and possible pitfalls invaluable for their daily work.

About the authors

Emilia Mendes is a Professor of Software Engineering at the Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden) and has been a full-time academic for the past 14 years, making significant research and practical contributions to her fields of research - empirical Web/software engineering, measurement and metrics. Her findings provide solutions to industry, helping to improve development processes and products. Her Springer book on Web engineering in 2006 was the first to provide industry and academia with theory as well as case studies on numerous aspects related to Web development and measurement. Prior to her academic career, she worked in the ICT industry for ten years as a programmer, business analyst and project manager.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction to Knowledge Management

    Mendes, Emilia

    Pages 1-12

  • Web Development Versus Software Development

    Mendes, Emilia

    Pages 13-25

  • Introduction to Effort Estimation

    Mendes, Emilia

    Pages 27-53

  • Introduction to Web Resource Estimation

    Mendes, Emilia

    Pages 55-60

  • Introduction to Bayesian Networks

    Mendes, Emilia

    Pages 61-71

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for USA (gross)
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Hardcover $79.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-54156-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $79.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-662-51199-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Practitioner's Knowledge Representation
Book Subtitle
A Pathway to Improve Software Effort Estimation
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-54157-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-54157-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-54156-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-51199-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 211
Number of Illustrations and Tables
84 b/w illustrations
Topics