Evaluation of Project Quality: A DEA-Based Approach

  • Shen Zhang
  • Yongji Wang
  • Jie Tong
  • Jinhui Zhou
  • Li Ruan
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/11754305_10

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3966)
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Zhang S., Wang Y., Tong J., Zhou J., Ruan L. (2006) Evaluation of Project Quality: A DEA-Based Approach. In: Wang Q., Pfahl D., Raffo D.M., Wernick P. (eds) Software Process Change. SPW 2006. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3966. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

The evaluation of project quality exhibits multivariable, VRS (variable return to scale) and decision maker’s preference properties. In this paper, we present a Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) based evaluation approach. The DEA VRS model, which handles multivariable and VRSeffectively, is used to measure project quality. And the DEA cone ratio model, which utilizes Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) to constrain quality metrics with respect to decision maker’s preference, is also adopted to analyze the return to scaleof the projects. A case study, which assesses 10 projects from ITECHS and 20 “Top active” projects on sourceforge.net with the novel method, is demonstrated. The results indicate that our approach is effective for quality evaluation and can get accurate estimates of future possible improvements.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shen Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yongji Wang
    • 1
    • 3
  • Jie Tong
    • 1
    • 3
  • Jinhui Zhou
    • 1
    • 3
  • Li Ruan
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory for Internet Software Technologies, Institute of SoftwareThe Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory for Computer ScienceThe Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.The Chinese Academy of SciencesGraduate UniversityBeijingChina

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