Journal article

Estimating factors affecting project task size in product development - An empirical study

K Holtta-Otto, CL Magee

IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management | IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC | Published : 2006


This paper addresses the methodology used to determine the amount of human resources needed to develop products. It is based on an empirical study of five firms in different industries. The methods rely on technical experts operating within budget constraints. The specific methods vary from relatively ad-hoc approaches to database-driven, centralized, and validated approaches. This variation is largely correlated with project and overall product development organization scale in a logical fashion in that larger projects and organizations move away from individual decision-makers toward centralized, objective, and validated methods. The project characteristics used by the experts and implicit..

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