31st International Forum on COCOMO and Systems/Software Cost Modeling

Event Details

31st International Forum on COCOMO® and Systems/Software Cost Modeling
October 18 – 20, 2016
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA


Cost Estimation Meets Project Diversity

Call for Abstracts

The USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering (CSSE) will hold its 31st International Forum on COCOMO® and Systems/Software Cost Modeling at the University of Southern California on October 18 – 20, 2016. With work currently underway at USC CSSE on COCOMO III and COSYSMO 3.0, this year’s forum will focus on the cost estimation for the development, maintenance, and sustainment of various types systems and software engineering projects to include traditional, incremental/evolutionary, lean, agile, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) integration, and system of systems (SoS) as well as cost model-related analyses to support tradeoffs of various options. The COCOMO Forum is a venue for presenting models, data, and emerging ideas from faculty, students, and other researchers as well as industry and government affiliates. We encourage abstract submissions addressing a wide spectrum of cost modeling areas as well as tool demonstration proposals that will lead to a lively exchange of ideas. Topics of interest include:

  • Cost models related to the Incremental Commitment Spiral Model (ICSM) common cases
  • Cost model analysis to assess agile methods, COTS integration, or architectural approaches such as service-oriented architectures
  • Cost modeling to evaluate and improve software and system affordability over time
  • Cost model to support operations and sustainment estimation
  • Cost model analysis to evaluate tradeoffs between affordability and quality, security, flexibility, and other software/system goals
  • Impact of technical debt within existing systems, system evolution, and system of systems engineering
  • Methods/techniques for quantifying technical debt
  • Methods/techniques for determining when it is time to retire/replace a given system
  • Approaches for estimating remediation costs associated with technical debt
  • Integration of COQUALMO quality assessments associated with software development and systems engineering
  • New or improved size drivers to support cost modeling and estimation
  • Analysis of high-impact cost factors for software development and systems engineering effort and schedule
  • Any other topic related to the ongoing development of COCOMO III or COSYSMO 3.0

More general cost modeling topics are also welcome, such as usage, analysis, and improvement of the COCOMO suite of models and any other cost models; innovative ways of applying cost models; model scalability; model integration experiences; schedule estimation; risk management; value-based approaches; novel cost estimation relationships; and validation of models

Submission Information

Submissions: Please submit 2-­3 page abstracts and short author biographies

Abstracts Due: August1, 2016 to jasanche@usc.edu
Acceptance Notification Date: August 26, 2016

Proceedings Materials Due: October 10, 2016

Organization General Chairs: Barry Boehm (USC), Jo Ann Lane (USC),

Program Committee Chair: Rick Selby (Northrop Grumman/USC)

Local Arrangements Chair: Julie Sanchez, USC (jasanche@usc.edu)

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