Previous models of software development projects have failed to represent people productivity accurately. In this paper, we present a model characterized by realistic productivity curves and flexibility in choosing resource factors in a software engineering project. A two-mode mathematical model similar to PutnamNorden model js presented. The proposed model enhances the capability of engineering management users to make corrective actions when appropriate. It is extremely beneficial to detect problems and provide corrective actions since they are in many cases crucial to the successful project software engineering hiring and/or acquisition management planning to use the software product.

Date of this Version

July 1996