Extending the UCP Model by Incorporating the Prevailing Trends in Software Effort Estimation

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This paper is an extension of the original UCP Model for software estimation by incorporating the factors that are currently weighted in estimation of software by IT professionals. The rationale of the study is to make UCP Model effective, realistic and more accurate for the current IT industry. To identify the gap between the original UCP model and the current estimation considerations, a survey was conducted and the results of the survey were used to extend the model.