<programming> (Or "stepwise refinement"). The software design technique
which aims to describe functionality at a very high level, then partition it
repeatedly into more detailed levels one level at a time until the detail is
sufficient to allow coding. This approach to software design probably originated
at IBM, and grew out of structured programming practices.
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<programming> A method for estimating the overall cost and effort of the
proposed software project from global properties of the project. The total cost
and schedule is partitioned into components for planning purposes.
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