Software development productivity and back-end CASE tools

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Computer-aided software engineering (CASE) technology offers the potential for substantial productivity improvements. With management information systems departments under increasing pressure to improve productivity, CASE technology has been adopted by organizations. However, its adoption is not without risks. The paper examines the productivity results from the use of two different back-end CASE tools for software development in three large Australian organizations. The investigation concludes that overall there is no statistical evidence for a productivity improvement or decline resulting from the use of either of the two back-end CASE tools studied. Close evaluation of individual projects reveals support for traditional learning-curve patterns and the importance of staff training in new technology. © 1991.




Low, G., & Jeffery, D. (1991). Software development productivity and back-end CASE tools. Information and Software Technology, 33(9), 616–621.

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