Using System Dynamics to Analyze the Effect of Funding Fluctuations on Software Development
Author(s)Trammell, Travis; Madnick, Stuart E.; Moulton, Allen
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Almost everyone understands that budget fluctuations have an impact on software development, but it is difficult to estimate the magnitude of the impact and all the causes. This paper uses System Dynamics modeling to examine how gaps in funding affect software development productivity and product delivery delay. The results provide decision makers with an improved sense of the negative impacts of budget fluctuations. Two key insights include the “ramp up tax” that slows development and the “gap tax” due to the loss of project-related skill and familiarity when employees are transferred off of a project and then return. The model experiments also compare the different impacts of temporarily stopping a project versus stretching out a project by temporarily reducing the funding level.
DepartmentMIT Sociotechnical Systems Research Center; Sloan School of Management
Proceedings of the 34th International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management 2013 (ASEM 2013)
American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM)
Trammell, Travis, Stuart Madnick, and Allen Moulton. "Using System Dynamics to Analyze the Effect of Funding Fluctuations on Software Development." 34th International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management 2013 (ASEM 2013).