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. 3, July 2011.

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. 2011).

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A Compendium of Works to Increase the Probability of Project Success

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Project Governance. Establishing the Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB) , AACE Workshop, Denver, Colorado, April 16, 2011. Establishing the Performance Measurement Baseline , AACE Workshop , April 16, 2011. Agile Software Development for Government Software Intensive System of Systems (SISoS) , Boulder Agile Meetup, 27 July 2016. Earned Value + Agile = Success , National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) Conference, 4-6 April 2011, Baltimore, MD.

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How good are you at starting off your project?

Ron Rosenhead

I came across an interesting report published by the National Audit Office (NAO) – which exists to provide independent opinion and evidence to assist Parliament and hold government to account. It is called “Initiating successful projects” and was first published in December 2011. our examination of central government projects repeatedly shows that too few projects bring all of these factors together well.”.

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Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

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Governance (#Governance). Six Business System Rule - defines the assessment of the integrated business systems for Federal procurement and their integrity in providing information to the Government contracting office. . Managing Government Grant Projects at Arizona Public Service - APS management process for Department of Energy grant for algae CO2 capture project. PMI EVM Community of Practice, EVM World , May 16-18 2011. Governance.

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Reading List for the Cone of Uncertainty

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The primary purpose of software estimation is not to predict a project’s outcome; it is to determine whether a project’s targets are realistic enough to allow the project to be controlled to meet them ? The beginning of all business critical software development projects is the point in time when performing organizations are least certain about the project, yet it is also the time when top management expects to be delivered project estimates that are very precise. 1, January 2011.

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Biases in Project Management and How to Remove Them

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There is always lots of complaining about the biases introduced into managing projects and making the estimates needed to make project decisions. 9, January 2011. [6] Decision Making Economics Estimating Governance Management Mathematics Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Product Management Project Management Scheduling Technical Performance Measures

Biases in Project Management and How to Remove Them

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There is always lots of complaining about the biases introduced into managing projects and making the estimates needed to make project decisions. 9, January 2011. [6] Decision Making Economics Estimating Governance Management Mathematics Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Product Management Project Management Scheduling Technical Performance Measures

Microeconomics and Risk Management in Decision Making for Software Development

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When we hear about software development disasters and then hear that estimates are to blame, and NOT Estimating will somehow reduce or prevent these disasters, think again. Each of the categories operates in the presence of uncertainty and requires that estimates be made about the probability, conseqeunce of the resutling risk. Managing in the presence of uncertainty requires we make estimates and act accordingly to the results of these estimates.

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So what’s in your company’s project management dictionary?

Kiron Bondale

Such definitions might constrain the degree of flexibility which a project team possesses but will support governance and oversight through increased consistency and predictability. Let’s consider a team’s degree of confidence in its estimates. A project funding policy might require that team submitting detailed estimates should have a confidence of ±5% but what does that really mean?

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Risk Management Resources

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requires making estimates) ? 5, September/October 2011. 1, 2011. A Simulation-Based Risk Network Model for Decision Support in Project Risk Management,” Chao Fang and Franck Marle, in Decision Support Systems , Elsevier, 2011. A Simulation-Based Risk Network Model for Decision Support in Project Risk Management,” Chao Fang and Franck Marle, Decision Support Systems , Elsevier, 2011. “A Estimation of Long?Term 5, September/October 2011. “A

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A Compendium of Risk Management Resources

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requires making estimates) ? 5, September/October 2011. 1, 2011. A Simulation-Based Risk Network Model for Decision Support in Project Risk Management,” Chao Fang and Franck Marle, in Decision Support Systems , Elsevier, 2011. A Simulation-Based Risk Network Model for Decision Support in Project Risk Management,” Chao Fang and Franck Marle, Decision Support Systems , Elsevier, 2011. “A Estimation of Long?Term 5, September/October 2011. “A

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Success in Disruptive Times: PMI’s 2018 Pulse of the Profession

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For me this is about having a repeatable process and strong governance that covers every step of the chain from understanding what drives value in your organization, to identifying the initiatives that will increase value, to successfully implementing those initiatives. Government regulation and reform. That’s Figure 6, which tracks five project performance metrics annually, from 2011 to 2018.

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Webinar Recap: SIPOC Workshop Facilitation – Part 1: Overview of SIPOC and Systems

MPUG

We’ve got to put these headers and footers on all of our documents because of say, like a data governance policy or something like that. Or whoever’s governing this. Well, I can’t tell you, but if I broke it into smaller pieces, I could start to estimate things.

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Complete Collection of Project Management Statistics 2015

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Government – Federal. Government – City/State/Local. earned an average of 16% more (approximately $14,500 ) than their non-credentialed peers in 2011. [6]. Estimated Project-Oriented Job Openings 2010-2020: . Inadequate cost estimates – 29%. Inaccurate task time estimate – 27%. Need up-to-date facts and figures for a project management report, article, or infographic?

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