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SEER-SEM to COCOMO II Factor Convertor

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Previously [Madachy, Boehm, 2008], Rosetta Stones have been developed for converting COCOMO II estimate inputs into corresponding SEER-SEM or True S inputs, or vice-versa. Most of those Rosetta Stone mappings between factors are one-to-one, but some are one-to-many. Often these factors use disproportionate definitions. Additionally, each model contains factors that unique to that model.

This paper describes a tool that provides automation of factor transformations using one of those Rosetta Stones, specifically, the mapping from SEER-SEM to COCOMO II.
Techniques are detailed to map between disproportionate factor definitions. Following specifying the three Effort Multipliers not mapped from SEER-SEM (Personnel Continuity, Data Base Size, and Documentation) a composite Effort Multiplier is obtained.


Anthony L Peterson
Texas Tech University
Anthony L. Peterson is an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at Collin College in Plano, TX. He has 33 years of experience in the defense industry. Prior to his retirement in 2010, Anthony served in a variety of software and systems engineering positions for defense contractor Raytheon and its legacy company E-Systems. During his 33 year career Anthony’s roles have included software engineer, software engineering manager, software systems engineer, systems engineer, and engineering labor estimator for business development. His primary task his last five years was both practitioner and developer/maintainer of Raytheon engineering labor cost estimation tools, which included implementations of COCOMO II and COSYSMO.

Anthony received a B.A. in Mathematics/Physics and a M.S. in Mathematics from the University of North Texas. While with Raytheon he received a masters degree in engineering from Texas Tech University. He is currently enrolled in the Transdisciplinary Design, Process, and Systems Ph.D. program at Texas Tech University.

Derrick Tate
Texas Tech University
Derrick Tate Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Texas Tech University. He aims to impact society through bringing design thinking to areas of strategic importance: developing sustainable approaches for building systems, transportation, and manufacturing; facilitating mass innovation; and assessing the innovative potential of design ideas. He has published many papers in these areas. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University. His M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering are from MIT in the areas of manufacturing and design, respectively.

His recent projects include development of sustainable wall systems funded by EarthCo Building Systems, and a US-Tanzania Workshop: Advancing the Structural Use of Earth-based Bricks, funded by NSF. Current projects include testing and redesign of portable roll-up signs funded by the Texas Department of Transportation, development of an energy storage primer for Power Across Texas, and pump redesign for west Texas entrepreneurs.

Dr. Tate’s industrial experience includes working as a Manager of Applications Engineering at Axiomatic Design Software, Inc., a Boston-based start-up company. His responsibilities included training, consulting, and tech support for Acclaro” software. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas Tech University, he taught for two years as an Associate Professor at Beijing Jiaotong University. While in Beijing he worked as Special Assistant to the Chairman of China Open Resources for Education in defining and implementing the organization’s mission to enhance higher education within China through open sharing.

Dr. Tate has been a co-chair of the organizing committee for the International Conference on Axiomatic Design, a program chairman of the World Conference on Integrated Design and Process Technology, and a member of the international program committee for the International Conference on Concurrent Engineering. He has served as reviewer for multiple journals.

David A. Wyrick
Texas Tech University, Department of Industrial Engineering
David A. Wyrick, Ph.D., P.E., holds the Bryan Pearce Bagley Regents Chair of Engineering at Texas Tech University. His research interests include effective management of technology, small and medium enterprises, technical entrepreneurship, technology policy, and life cycle asset management. He is the lead investigator for Texas Tech in the Systems Engineering Research Center, a consortium of universities working on various systems engineering initiatives. He is developing opportunities for technology commercialization and entrepreneurship across Texas Tech. He developed a course in international engineering and is a strong proponent for increasing internationalizing the engineering curriculum. Prior to coming to Texas Tech in 2007, Dr. Wyrick had worked at the University of Minnesota Duluth since 1989, including 9 years as head of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He has 6 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has worked with IBM-Rochester, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and numerous small firms regarding quality, asset management, productivity improvement, and issues of technical management. He has a bachelor’s and a master ’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming, a masters degree in engineering management from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a Ph.D. in engineering management from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Minnesota. Dr. Wyrick is a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management, a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, a member of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and ASME International. He is currently President-Elect of the American Society for Engineering Management.

Dr. Ricardo Valerdi
Lean Advancement Initiative, MIT
Ricardo Valerdi is a Research Associate at the Lean Aerospace Initiative at MIT and a Visiting Associate at the Center for Software Engineering at USC. He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of San Diego, MS and PhD in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California. Formerly, he was a Member of the Technical Staff at the Aerospace Corporation in the Economic & Market Analysis Center and a Systems Engineer at Motorola and at General Instrument Corporation. He is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Enterprise Transformation.