EXPLAINING OVERSPECIFICATION IN SOFTWARE PROJECTS: AN EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATION OF BEHAVIORAL EFFECTS Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • One of the top ten risks in software development projects is the phenomenon of overspecification, also known as gold-plating, where the specifications of a product/service are beyond the actual needs of the customer/market. Once a project is launched it is very difficult, if not impossible, to cut its scope, even when some features are suspected as being the result of overspecification. In this work, we argue that overspecification is partially due to the emotional involvement of the developers with already-specified features, which …

publication date

  • June 29, 2011