Title: Maximising productivity by controlling influencing factors in commercial software development

Authors: Sanjay Mohapatra

Addresses: Department of Systems and Engineering, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar 751 013, India

Abstract: Software development projects are dependent on time or schedule of delivery as agreed and negotiated with the customer. A reduction in schedule to deliver through increase in productivity for these software development projects would improve the capabilities to earn millions of dollars. Thus, it is important to understand the factors that affect productivity of these projects so that they (these influencing factors) can be controlled and monitored to improve productivity without affecting quality of deliverables. In this research, the author has tried to analyse these factors that affect productivity and developed an empirical model which can help to understand the magnitude to which these different factors can influence productivity in software development projects. Results showed that effective training, availability of skilled manpower in technology domain, following a well-documented process are some of the key factors that help increase productivity of the team.

Keywords: productivity factors; commercial software; software development; training; skilled manpower; documented processes.

DOI: 10.1504/IJICT.2011.041746

International Journal of Information and Communication Technology, 2011 Vol.3 No.2, pp.160 - 179

Published online: 02 Aug 2011 *

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