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Effective evaluation of software development effort is an important aspect of successful project management. Based on a large database with 4106 projects ever developed, this paper statistically examines the factors that influence development effort. The factors found to be significant for effort are project size, average number of developers that worked on the project, type of development, development language, development platform, and the use of rapid application development. Among these factors, project size is the most critical cost driver.
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