As a software project management product, the targeted market sector of this product is the majority of small to medium sized software organizations in China, who are seeking for guidance and facilitation in their process improvement initiatives. This market section has experienced dramatic changes from introduction and tentative early adopters to over-heated growth in the last
several years . Such a highly evolving market condition necessitates dynamic adjustments on business value orientation during strategic planning of development effort investment.
In examining the maintenance of the 9 versions of QMP product, we concluded that: 1. In the market Entry stage as defined in , i.e. during the development of v1-v3, there is great focus of maintenance effort invested on the requirement, designing, and code activities. 2. In the Growth stage as defined in , i.e. during the development of v4-v9, this intensive focus on code and testing is to ensure performance optimization and design/code cohesion.
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Distribution of effort in software engineering process
has been the basis for facilitating more reasonable
software project planning. This paper reports empirical
results on activity effort distribution patterns of a series of
industrial software maintenance projects. The results show
that with respect to different influencing factors, the
projects demonstrate large variations in their activity effort
distribution, which necessitates appropriate adjustments to