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Developing Applications with Java™ and UML by Paul R. Reed

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Weighting Technical Factors

The next step in our estimating process is to consider the technical factors of the project. To do this, use Table C-3 to assign a rating between 0 (irrelevant) and 5 (essential) for each topic. After rating each topic, multiply the weight by the rating to get an extended weight. The total extended weight for all technical factors is called the T factor.

Table C-3. Weighting Factors for Technical Factors
Technical Factor Weight Rating Extended Weight (weight × rating) Reason
1. Distributed system 2 3 6 The system must be able to scale.
2. Response or throughput performance objectives 1 2 2 Although response times aren't “hard,” they must be tolerable.
3. End-user efficiency (online) 1 3 3 The system must be easy to ...

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