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QPLAN: Decision support for evaluating planning quality in software development projects

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Decisions about whether or not to approve a project plan for execution are critical. A decision to continue with a

    bad plan may lead to a failed project, whereas requesting unnecessary additional planning for an already highquality

    plan may be counterproductive. However, these decisions can be influenced by psychological biases,

    such as the endowment effect, optimismbias and ambiguity effect,which are enhanced when uncertainty is substantial

    and information incomplete. As a result, a non-biasedmodel for evaluating the quality of project planning

    is important to improve planning approval decisions and resource allocation. This paper introduces a novel artifact

    (QPLAN) that evaluates and improves planning quality, and a case study to demonstrate its effectiveness

    within a business environment.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Amaral Feris, M., Zwikael, O. & Gregor, S. (2017). QPLAN: Decision support for evaluating planning quality in software development projects. Decision Support Systems, 96 92-102.

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 92

End Page


  • 102

Volume


  • 96

Place Of Publication


  • Netherlands

Abstract


  • Decisions about whether or not to approve a project plan for execution are critical. A decision to continue with a

    bad plan may lead to a failed project, whereas requesting unnecessary additional planning for an already highquality

    plan may be counterproductive. However, these decisions can be influenced by psychological biases,

    such as the endowment effect, optimismbias and ambiguity effect,which are enhanced when uncertainty is substantial

    and information incomplete. As a result, a non-biasedmodel for evaluating the quality of project planning

    is important to improve planning approval decisions and resource allocation. This paper introduces a novel artifact

    (QPLAN) that evaluates and improves planning quality, and a case study to demonstrate its effectiveness

    within a business environment.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Amaral Feris, M., Zwikael, O. & Gregor, S. (2017). QPLAN: Decision support for evaluating planning quality in software development projects. Decision Support Systems, 96 92-102.

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 92

End Page


  • 102

Volume


  • 96

Place Of Publication


  • Netherlands