Trade-offs Between Productivity and Quality in Selecting Software Development Practices

Trade-offs between Productivity and Quality in Selecting Software Development Practices by Alan MacCormack, Chris F. Kemerer, Michael A. Cusumano, and Bill Crandall 

Choosing appropriate practices for a project can be hard, given the various dimensions of performance each claims to optimize. Using data from 29 projects, this study examines the impact of eight development practices on both productivity and quality. Results suggest managers should choose a coherent system of practices on the basis of the specific objectives the software must meet.

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