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CPI trends in software projects

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Are there any guidelines on expected CPI trends/values during a given phase of a software development project? For example, early on the CPI >1 (project below budget), and then CPI < 1 in the middle of the project (project over budget) and finally as the project begins to close, the CPI jumps back to 1.0 (project on budget).
asked 9 years ago by anonymous edited 9 years ago by MaplePM

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There have been no formal studies of this that I am aware of.  Software projects are notorious for getting close to the end and then being "95% complete" for an extended (more than 5%) period of time due to bugs and issues meeting requirements that need to be fixed.  Extended time = extended costs in most cases.  My guess is if these projects were being monitored with earned value, that this would be less likely and the stakeholders would have a more accurate picture of where projects stood.  I used this method on some smaller implementation projects with much success, and it also didn't hurt to have a talented programmer working on them.
answered 9 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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