The ROI of systems engineering: Some quantitative results

Barry Boehm, Ricardo Valerdi, Eric Honour

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Abstract

This paper presents quantitative results on the return on investment of systems engineering (SE-ROI) from an analysis of the 161 software projects in the COCOMO II database. The analysis shows that, after normalizing for the effects of other cost drivers, the cost difference between projects doing a minimal job of software systems engineering - as measured by the thoroughness of its architecture definition and risk resolution - and projects doing a very thorough job was 18% for small projects and 92% for very large software projects as measured in lines of code.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication17th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE 2007 - Systems Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationKey to Intelligent Enterprises
Pages851-865
Number of pages15
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event17th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE 2007 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2007Jun 28 2007

Publication series

Name17th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE 2007 - Systems Engineering: Key to Intelligent Enterprises
Volume2

Other

Other17th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE 2007
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period6/24/076/28/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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    Boehm, B., Valerdi, R., & Honour, E. (2007). The ROI of systems engineering: Some quantitative results. In 17th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE 2007 - Systems Engineering: Key to Intelligent Enterprises (pp. 851-865). (17th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE 2007 - Systems Engineering: Key to Intelligent Enterprises; Vol. 2).