This article introduces the reader to the constructive cost model (COCOMO)II – a well known model used in software cost and schedule estimation. First,the background of the model is presented, tracing the history of COCOMOfrom its inception to the present time. We then briefly examine its currentstatus. Next, we present a moderately-detailed architectural overview.Thereafter, advantages and disadvantages of making use of the model aredescribed shortly. We then compare two research papers in the area andfinally conclude with future work suggestions.