Quality and Cycle Time in Projects
The cycle time is a very important outcome variable because the projects are usually carried out under the strict delivery schedules. The cycle time for projects depends on the two factors - the planned development time and the discrepancies between planned and actual development times. When the planned schedules are longer than the minimum cost-effective schedule, then they do not raise the development costs. This is because, under the ideal circumstances, the projects can be completed using lesser developers than the optimal staffing strength.
However, if the schedule gets tighter, then the cycle time can be affected by the dysfunctional team dynamics which is according to the Brooks' Law. In an empirical study which explored the discrepancies between the planned and the actual durations, it was found that the most important reasons for the discrepancies were mostly capacity related issues like the personnel involved in the unplanned activity, the maintenance of the earlier projects and the product-complexity related issues like underestimating the complexity of the application.
The main factors which drive the cycle time includes: