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Metrics and Models in Software Quality Engineering, Second Edition by Stephen H. Kan

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Preface

Looking at software engineering from a historical perspective, the 1960s and earlier could be viewed as the functional era, the 1970s the schedule era, the 1980s the cost era, and the 1990s and beyond the quality and efficiency era. In the 1960s we learned how to exploit information technology to meet institutional needs and began to link software with the daily operations of institutions. In the 1970s, as the industry was characterized by massive schedule delays and cost overruns, the focus was on planning and control of software projects. Phase-based life-cycle models were introduced, and analysis, like the mythical man-month, emerged. In the 1980s hardware costs continued to decline, and information technology permeated every facet ...

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