Remove Budget Remove Estimate Remove Governance Remove Process

Cost Estimation for Projects: How to Estimate Accurately

ProjectManager.com

Good cost estimation is essential for keeping a project under budget. Many costs can appear over the life cycle of a project, and an accurate estimation method can be the difference between a successful plan and a failed one. Estimation, however, is easier said than done.

How to Keep Your Projects On-Time and On-Budget

Arras People

And now more than ever, projects that are over budget, behind schedule or are not delivering the value originally promised are in jeopardy of being cancelled. companies and government agencies an estimated $145 billion per year!

Budget 316

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Software Estimating Resources

Herding Cats

This blog page is dedicated to the resources used to estimate software-intensive systems using traditional and agile development methods. COSMIC Software Estimation Approach,” Alain Abran, ICEAA Workshop, Portland Oregon, June 6?9, Estimating Probable System Cost,” Stephen A.

Estimates, Forecasts, Projections

Herding Cats

Estimates. An Estimate is a value inferred for a population of values based on data collected from a sample of data from that population. The estimate can also be produced parametrically or through a simulation (Monte Carlo is common, but Method of Moments is another we use). . Estimates can be about the past, present, or future. We can estimate the number of clams in the Pleistocene era that are in the shale formations near our house. Estimate to Complete.

How to Talk About Estimates

Herding Cats

What is an estimate? An estimate as a noun is an approximate calculation or judgment of the value, number, quantity, or extent of something. An estimate as a verb is to roughly calculate or judge the value, number, quantity, or extent of. Estimates.

Project Governance: Establishing an Effective Steering Committee

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Within the project management community, the concept of governance is seen as a fundamental project control, which is easy to grasp in principle. Getting the governance piece right requires insight and at times a few honest conversations about roles and responsibilities.

Reasons to Estimate and Measure

Herding Cats

Estimating Software-Intensive Systems: Project, Products, and Processes , Richard D. Stutzke is a starting point for estimating software projects. I recommend it for anyone starting out in the estimating business all the way to seasoned veterans.

Lean Portfolio Management: Lean Budgets and Investment Funding

Planview

Funding practices—that is, the way budgets are allocated throughout the organization—dictate nearly every business outcome. This is where Lean budgeting comes in. In traditional organizations, funding decisions are project-based, meaning budget is allocated on a per-project basis.

Lean 113

Software Development Process: How to Pick The Process That’s Right For You

Planio

Every great piece of software starts with a plan and a clear process in place. Luckily, there are numerous software development processes you can choose from when you’re starting your next project. But which software development process is right for you?

4 Fallacious Reasons to Estimate and Why Those Are Fallacious

Herding Cats

There's a recent post titled Four Fallacious Reasons to Estimate. It lists the usual suspects for why those spending the money think they don't have to estimate how much they plan to spend when they'll be done producing the value they've been assigned to produce for that expenditure.

Signs that Your Project Management Process Needs an Update

EasyProjects

Whatever the case, here are five signals from the universe that indicate your project management process is due for a refresh. Process vs Methodology. Let’s first clarify what is meant by the word ‘process’ and how it is not to be confused with the term ‘methodology’.

GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide Applied to Agile

Herding Cats

The GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide has 12 steps. You're late and over budget before you start, and have lowered the probability of technical success. Risk Management has 6 processes, see SEI Continuous Risk Management. Maintain the Baseline with Repeatable Processes.

When to Estimate and When Estimates aren't Needed

Herding Cats

Paul Boos has a post about estimating and makes a case for the Principles of when NOT to estimate. This struck a cord around a bigger topic - the inversion of estimating. When should we NOT estimate? What business decision making conditions could be in place where we don't have to estimate the outcomes of our decision in the presence of uncertainty? Then on to the original conjecture for No Estimates from Paul's post. Not principles for NOT estimating.

7 Realistic Ways to Up Your Project Budget Management Skills

Function Point

7 Realistic Ways to Up Your Project Budget Management Skills. Having strong project budget management skills is crucial to the success of any agency. Getting to know your project stakeholders’ needs and goals is the foundation for strong budget management.

Project Cost Management – The Essential Things to Know and Do

Online PM Courses

But there’s little your project sponsor, your client, or their Finance Director care about more than your budget and how closely you can stick to it. What is not negotiable is the budget. The governance considerations for project cost management. Determine Budget.

Beginner’s Guide to Project Management Process

iZenBridge

Project Management Process Skill (Tools and Techniques). Project Management Process in divided into 5 Process Groups. These groups are further bifurcated in 10 Knowledge Areas and 47 Project Management Processes. These Process Groups are: Initiating. Summary Budget.

Two Parallel Processes of Project Success - Both Value and Delivery are Needed

Herding Cats

Software engineering economics is a topic that addresses the elements of software project costs estimation and analysis and project benefit-cost ratio analysis. Showing up late and over budget does not produce the needed Value. This is the foundation for estimates.

2018 51

The Magic 7 Project Portfolio Management Process Steps

Project-Management.pm

And the answer to all of these is in the guise of project portfolio management process steps. The project portfolio management process steps mentioned below cater to all types of organizations that execute portfolio management to reach their business objectives and their strategic goals. Remember that these project portfolio management process steps don’t fix your woes within a day or week; treat it as the start of your path towards an efficient portfolio. .

7 Realistic Ways to Up Your Project Budget Management Skills

Function Point

7 Realistic Ways to Up Your Project Budget Management Skills. Having strong project budget management skills is crucial to the success of any agency. Getting to know your project stakeholders’ needs and goals is the foundation for strong budget management.

Project Failure – Why it Happens

Online PM Courses

– 2 – Governance. Governance is hardly the most sexy of project management disciplines. Good governance is a cornerstone of project success, so poor governance inevitably leads to project failure. Lack of Governance Structure. Poor Estimating.

2018 197

Software Development Process Improvement Opportunities

Herding Cats

Here's the IT budget for the Federal Government. Estimating and Making Decisions in Presence of Uncertainty.

Impacts of traditional project funding models on agile delivery

Kiron Bondale

The challenge with all of these funding approaches is that they are based on an estimated cost of a project rather than the funding we wish to allocate to a product, capability or service. This is true, but how do we know how much to budget up-front to be confident in meeting business needs?

2018 199

Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Management Processes (#MP). Governance (#Governance). While many of the presentations have similar titles, the content is focused on a specific set of processes and practices, while the principles are the same, since they are Immutable. . Management Processes.

2003 45

Project Versus Product in Agile Development

Herding Cats

If the development work has no deadline , no not to exceed budget, no Minimal Viable Capabilities in the sense of MVP's meaning without these CapaCapabilitieslemented by there Features we cannot Go Live on the needed date for the needed budget, then the phrases in the quote may be applicable.

Agile 50

DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

We were one of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." . Analytical Hierarchical Process .

How to Build a Robust Project Risk Culture [8 Steps]

Online PM Courses

A robust risk culture goes beyond having a strong basic risk management process. And the process for creating a robust risk management culture within your project can apply equally if you get a chance to influence your wider organization. Access resources and budget. Processes.

Risk 135

DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

We were one of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." . Buy a Software Estimating tool, like one of these.

The #NoEstimates Paradigm and Response

Herding Cats

This is a good starting point for answering the mail on the notion that decisions can be made in the presence of uncertainty without estimating the impact of those decisions. But his conjecture starts with estimates are a waste , not saying for whom they are a waste for.

2016 64

Deconstructing the Hertz and Accenture Debacle

Herding Cats

A recent lawsuit by Hertz Rental Car against Accenture has turned into a rallying cry by Agilest and No Estimates advocates. This approach is guided by the processes for Root Cause Analysis on Software Intensive System of Systems project I've worked. RM is a Systems Engineering process.

Transport for London’s Signal Failure – £886m more than planned*

Ron Rosenhead

The above costs come from a report published by Budget and Performance Committee of the London Assembly. Horrible headlines and a horrible situation. Some of the statistics and comments in the report are astounding and some are below: · ….TfL

Phrases Used for Technical Performance Measures

Herding Cats

No matter the domain, the engineering development process, these concepts are applicable. Budget control is mandatory for any credible management of other peoples money. For any system, estimates of future life-cycle costs are subject to varying degrees of uncertainty.

Value First, Requires Margin and Contingency

Herding Cats

The principles of microeconomics of decision making in the presence of uncertainty mandates you make estimates of how to achieve that Value in terms of cost and schedule, those three (and all) variables are random variables, usually driven by a stochastic process.

DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

We were on of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." . By simply NOT Estimating? All by NOT Estimating?

2018 42

#Noestimates Has Come to This

Herding Cats

So the first part is following standard estimating principles. which states clearly and concisely that decisions can be made (in the presence of uncertainty - which is ALWAYS present on software development projects - without estimating the impact of those decisions. No Estimates?

What's Missing from the Agile Software Development Paradigm

Herding Cats

The elements include all hardware, software, equipment, facilities, personnel, processes, and procedures needed for this purpose; that is, all things required to produce system-level results. Agile software development is framed by a manifesto , a set of 12 principles, several methods.

Biases in Project Management and How to Remove Them

Herding Cats

There is always lots of complaining about the biases introduced into managing projects and making the estimates needed to make project decisions. Because of that, we don't separate the thinking processes into a dual-system. A process based on tangible evidentiary materials. .

The CIO's Contribution to Project Failure

Herding Cats

IT project failure starts with demanding the project maintain its budget and delivery times in the absence of a Plan to go along with the Schedule of the work. If we could process transactions at $0.07

Cost Management Basics

ProjectManager.com

Cost management is the process by which one plans and manages the budget of a business or project. In the case of a project, it helps the project manager estimate what the project will cost and set in place controls by which they can reduce the chance of the project going over budget.

2019 311

The Problems with Schedules

Herding Cats

Unrealistic Cost and Schedule estimates based on inadequate risk adjusted growth models. Before diving into the details of these, let me address another issue that has come up around project success and estimates. There is no ideal in the estimating business. Just the estimate.

2016 55

How to Fund a Software Development Project

ProjectManager.com

But greater flexibility generally requires a more skillful approach to governance and project management. What you need instead is advice on what process decisions you should consider, what your options are, and what the associated trade-offs are. The Secure Funding Process Goal.

2019 319