Heuristics for systems engineering cost estimation

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Engineering cannot wait until all phenomena are explained. Engineers may work effectively, often for centuries, with heuristics. This paper provides thirty one heuristics that have been inspired by the development and application of a systems engineering cost estimation model. The objective of this paper is to present such heuristics in a simple manner so that they can benefit systems engineering researchers and practitioners that develop, calibrate, and use cost models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5556044
Pages (from-to)91-98
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Systems Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Cost estimation
  • Decision making
  • Heuristics
  • Systems engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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