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A Revised web objects method to estimate web application development effort


  • Raffaella FOLGIERI


  • Giulio BARABINO
  • Roberto DE LORENZI
  • Giulio CONCAS
  • Erika CORONA
  • Michele MARCHESI
  • Alberto SEGNI


We present a study of the effectiveness of estimating web application development effort using Function Points and Web Objects methods, and a method we propose – the Revised Web Objects (RWO). RWO is an upgrading of WO method, aimed to account for new web development styles and technologies. It also introduces an up-front classification of web applications according to their size, scope and technology, to further refine their effort estimation. These methods were applied to a data-set of 24 projects obtained by Datasiel spa, a mid-sized Italian company, focused on web application projects, showing that RWO performs statistically better than WO, and roughly in the same way as FP.

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  • Raffaella FOLGIERI & Giulio BARABINO & Roberto DE LORENZI & Giulio CONCAS & Erika CORONA & Michele MARCHESI & Alberto SEGNI, 2011. "A Revised web objects method to estimate web application development effort," Departmental Working Papers 2011-15, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.
  • Handle: RePEc:mil:wpdepa:2011-15

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    Software metrics; Web development; Function Points; Web Objects;

    JEL classification:

    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D


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