I have an idea for a simple IT solution that matches students in class to make study groups, it's for a uni assignment. What's an appropriate way to estimate the cost of developing and maintaining this software/solution?
The tension of the project is:
- I can do the matchmaking process with an excel spread sheet and saves so many hassles and costs
- But then the service would have limited scalability, need to have a lot of volunteers and/or pay staff just for this one simple task
- Limits other ideas for a "check-in" system which notifies each other what content people in the group has interacted with and lectures reviewed.
- Cost seems to bottom out once initial investment is made but is still followed by maintenance cost