Software Estimating Resources

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This blog page is dedicated to the resources used to estimate software-intensive systems using traditional and agile development methods. The reason for this resource page is the lack of understanding of how to estimate, the urban myths about software estimating, and the fallacies that estimating is not needed, when developing software, in the presence of uncertainty, when spending other peoples money. Estimating Probable System Cost,” Stephen A. December 2010.

Estimating is a Learned Skill

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Estimating is a learned skill, used for any purpose from every-day life to management of projects. When I left for the airport this morning to catch my flight to a customer site I estimated, given the conditions, how much time I need to get to my favorite parking spot at DIA. The same process for estimating is applied to multi-billion dollar projects we work. Here's some materials that provide the tools and processes needed to learn how to estimate. Johnson, STC 2010.


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Basis of Estimating Software Development

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The estimating of software development is both straightforward and complex. When it is suggested that estimating is hard, of no value, and unnecessary, always ask what principle is used to support that claim? Here are some resources that will provide guidance to produce credible software development estimates, in both traditional and agile domains. Software Sizing and Estimating: Mk II FPA , Charles Symons, John Wiley & Sons, 1991.

Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

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What happens if you shift focus from "accurate estimation" to "reliably shipping by a date"? . If your project has no uncertainty, there is no need to estimate. The notion (as suggested in the quote) of shifting from accurate (what ever that means) ways of estimating to reliability shipping be a date is not physically possible since the irreducible and reducible uncertainties are always present. All estimates have precision and accuracy. April, 2010.

Waterfall Should Have Never Existed: Part 1


These associations and thought leaders, authors, and researchers developed several flavors of Agile: Scrum, Scrum XP (eXtreme Programming), ScrumBan, DSDM, DevOps, and Lean-Agile , and market them vigorously.

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Risk Management Resources

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requires making estimates) ? 255, April 2010. 24, 2010. “A Estimation of Long?Term Risk Analysis & Estimating Uncertainty … and what this has to do with the price of milk in McLean,” Phil Beenhouwer, The Society of Cost Estimating & Analysis (SCEA), May 17, 2006. Estimating of Value at Risk: Extreme Value and Robust Approaches,” Grazyna Trzpiot and Justyna Majewska, Operations Research Decisions , No. 1, 2010. 29 April 2010.

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The Creative Project Timeline Template You Need


A separate IDC report found that 71% of creative workers were producing 10 times more work in 2015 when compared with 2010. But, when they ask the content team for their thoughts on that estimate, they say it usually takes closer to four days to get the copy drafted and edited. .

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Webinar Recap: Agile Series Part 1 – Understanding & Incorporating Agile Project Management


Lean, we’ll talk about just in time or we think about continuous process improvement. And so if something has never been done before, it’s hard to kind of figure out an estimate. And that way instead of spending a lot more time on requirements, what I can do is go, “All right, we’re going to time box these, we’ll make sure we have our estimates in place, but inherently I can quickly validate the requirements with something that’s much more visual.”

Complete Collection of Project Management Statistics 2015


Lean & Test Driven Development (TDD) – 11%. Between 2010 and 2020, 15.7 Business services (2 million jobs) and Manufacturing (630,000 jobs) supported the greatest number of project management roles in 2010. Business services and healthcare are expected to lead job growth between 2010 and 2020. [11]. Estimated Project-Oriented Job Openings 2010-2020: . Inadequate cost estimates – 29%. Inaccurate task time estimate – 27%.

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18 Best Alternatives for Project Management in 2020 (Free and Paid)


In 2010 daPulse, created by , joined the vast array of project management tools on the market, and in 2017, daPulse went through a transformation to become Pros: Highly customizable, this tool can support Scrum, Lean, or Kanban project methods.

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