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JSW 2019 Vol.14(8): 356-369 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.17706/jsw.14.8.356-369

An Empirical Investigation of Effort Estimation in Mobile Apps Using Agile Development Process

Abdullah Altaleb1,2*, Andrew Gravell1
1School of Electronics and Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, the University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom
2College of Computer and Information Sciences, Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Is. University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Abstract—Effort estimation is essential in order for a project manager and development team members to be able to successfully plan for a software project. The planning and development of mobile applications present many challenges. The aim of this study is to provide and report an overview on the state of the practice of effort estimation techniques that companies use for their mobile app projects. This study focuses on organisations which apply the Agile development process during their projects. We conducted structured and semi-structured interviews with 20 Agile practitioners at 18 different organisations. The results revealed that Planning Poker (PP) and Expert Judgment (EJ) were the most frequently used estimation techniques in mobile app projects.

Index Terms—Agile, effort estimation, mobile application, planning poker, expert judgment, software development.

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Cite: Abdullah Altaleb, Andrew Gravell, "An Empirical Investigation of Effort Estimation in Mobile Apps Using Agile Development Process," Journal of Software vol. 14, no. 8, pp. 356-369, 2019.

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