Exploratory Factor Analysis for Software Development Projects in Mexico

  • Sergio Alcaraz-Corona Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon
  • José Luis Cantú-Mata Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon
  • Fernando Torres-Castillo Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon
Keywords: Exploratory Factor Analysis, Software Development Management, Time Planning, Risk Management


Time and risk management have always been major concerns in a continuously growing number of processes or methodologies used to develop all kinds of useful products and services. Software like any other industry not only needs the most appropriate development methodology but also an efficient project management strategy that is capable of estimating and managing development times and any potential risks as best as possible in order to deliver high quality software products and services on time. Hence, the success or failure of software development projects depends on the efficiency by which several key factors such as cost, time, and risks are managed and how other software development factors influenced them. This paper presents an exploratory factor analysis to study the effects produced primarily on time planning caused by common factors observed in outsourced software development projects such as communication, teamwork, personnel training, among others. In our work, we also build a structural model in which we analyze the relationships between sets of dependent and independent variables derived from the responses of a survey applied to 32 Mexican organizations that subcontracted their software development projects to outsourcing providers. The results are presented and the reliability of our model was validated using the SmartPLS software.

Author Biographies

Sergio Alcaraz-Corona, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon
Professor, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Faculty
José Luis Cantú-Mata, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon
Professor, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Faculty


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How to Cite
Alcaraz-Corona, S., Cantú-Mata, J. L., & Torres-Castillo, F. (2019). Exploratory Factor Analysis for Software Development Projects in Mexico. Statistics, Optimization & Information Computing, 7(1), 85-96. https://doi.org/10.19139/soic.v7i1.512
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