Pioneers of Parametrics (MIT) Paper Available
Interesting (at least to people like me) paper on the “Pioneers of Parametrics” By Ricardo Valerdi of MIT. Kind fo a history of parametric estimating. There are a few things that I am not sure are exactly correct (certainly all of our memories are blurred by time) but it is generally a good history.
I think the real takeaway is that the concepts of parametrics (this paper focused on software estimating) have been refined since the 1960′s. My involvement began in 1976 with serious concenration beginning in the early ’80s (just before the COCOMO book was published) when Don Reifer and myself studied the problem for NASA and I am grateful for the work of System Development Corporation, Halstead, Doty, Putnam, and others whose work preceeded my involvement and to the many people who have refined this into a science, not just and art, since that time… People like Barry Boehm, Randy Jensen, Karen McRitchie, and others.
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