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.

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. And the same process is applied to the Scrum development processes on those projects. .

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PMP interview Questions

iZenBridge

What is a baseline, how is it use while creating project management plan? What are organizational influences? What is a project charter? Is project manager involved in the creation of a project charter? What is a project, how is it different from a program, and a portfolio? How many knowledge Areas are there in Project Management. Do you use all in your projects? What are project management methodologies? Project Manager Skills.

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Beginner’s Guide to Project Management Process

iZenBridge

For Beginners, it is important to understand essential elements of Project Management. One has to understand associated attributes like team leadership aspect, Team formation with primary emphasis on the competencies and skills required for a successful project. What is a Project? A project is a temporary, one time undertaking that has a definable goal and creates a Unique Product or Service. Temporary – A Project should have an end Date. Project Team.

Have You Left Anything Out of Your Project Management Plan?

Project Risk Coach

Have you left anything out of your project management plan? Check out this checklist to help you identify the baselines and plans that will be most helpful to each of your projects. As I define a project management plan, I strive for clarity, brevity, and simplicity.

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Project Controls: A Quick Guide

ProjectManager.com

If something bad is going to happen on a project, it’s likely related to time, cost or scope. Project managers are well aware of this and spend much of their time planning in order to avoid negative risk and its potential impact. What Are Project Controls? Cost estimates.

DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

There's been a rash of conjectures about all kinds of bad business, project, and software development (agile and traditional) management ideas of late. 40 - Estimation is a Problematic Practice of Companies Doing Dangerous Things. A #Noestimates advocate makes the claim that having a ±10% accuracy for estimates of cost and duration is a dangerous thing. Define the probabilistic ranges of the work in a single point estimate manner. link] Cost Estimating Tools.

2019 37

Risk Management in Five Easy Pieces, with Apologies to Jack

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Managing Cost, Schedule, & Technical Performance Risk Is The Basis Of Good Project Management. Risk management is essential to the success of any significant project. Certain information about key project cost, performance, and schedule attributes are often unknown until the project is underway. The emerging risks that can be identified early in the project that impact the project later are often termed “known unknowns.”

2017 37

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

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Software development is a Value Creaton activity, but Value cannot be determined unless we know the cost to produce that value and when that value will be available for use by those who of paid for that Value. It's not clear why those advocating the first approach don't understand this, but the principles of MicroEconomics of software development demand we know both cost and value produced. This is the foundation for estimates. What will it cost to get the value?

2018 39

Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

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Here's a collection of presentations, briefings, papers, essays, book content used to increase the Probability of Project Success (PoPS) I've written and applied over my career in the software-intensive system of systems and other domains. Business, Technical, Systems, Risk, and Project Management Briefings and Presentations. Project Performance Management (#PPM). Agile Project Management (#APM). Cost, Schedule, and Technical Performance Management (#CSTPM).

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

There's been a rash of conjectures about all kinds of bad business, project, and software development (agile and traditional) management ideas of late. At the #NoProjects #NoEstimates workshop it was mentioned that focus on "on-time, on-budget naturallt leads project to meet those goals and forget the value/benefits side of the equation. These are classic examples from an author who is either unskilled, untrained, and inexperienced in estimating software development.

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Have You Left Anything Out of Your Project Plan?

Project Risk Coach

The Project Plan Checklist Have you left anything out of your project plan? Check out this project plan checklist to help you identify the baselines and plans that will be most helpful to each of your projects. I like to keep my project plans as simple as possible. For many project plans, I will only have three or four of the items in this checklist. Project Plan Checklist. Cost Baseline – approved version of the project budget.

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Microeconomics and Risk Management in Decision Making for Software Development

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The primary economic driver of the life-cycle structure is the significantly increasing cost of making a software change or fixing a software problem, as a function of the phase in which the change or fix is made. By the way, the pure conjecture that agile enables late changing requirements to not have a significant impact on the cost and schedule of the development project is completely lacking any testable evidence outside of personal anecdotes of agile advocates.

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14 Common Project Risks (+ more)

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Stuff happens on projects, and if the worst happens, it’s better to know about it in advance. However, at the beginning of your project when your risk log is empty, it can be a bit of a challenge to think of all the stuff that might need to go on there. Project team risk.

10 Project Constraints That Endanger Your Project’s Success

ProjectManager.com

One of the biggest challenges of every project manager is project constraints. They limit a project, and they can quickly endanger your project’s success. Hence, it’s important to know all possible constraints, their influences on each other and the project management tools that address those constraints. Classic Project Management Constraints. Cost: How much money is available to achieve this outcome? The Project Manager Blog

2018 312

Earned Value Management - Understanding The Main Calculations and Formulas

Techno-PM

Earned Value Management (EVM) Earned Value Management (EVM) is a strategy for project managers to use to define and quantify the performance of a project. Used to support schedule and cost controls, EVM is helpful for forecasting and planning.

2020 58

15 Great Ways Project Management Can Help Your Growing Business

Keyedin

Learn how improved visibility and control over your projects and resources can help improve business efficiency and effectiveness. If your business delivers products or services, as your business grows your will certainly need some way of managing projects. Many SME’s are simply scared of the term “Project Management” or end up implementing a host of non-connected, counter-productive tools.

2019 88

Dealing with Unrealistic Expectations in Project Management

Epicflow Blog

One of the challenging aspects of project management is setting and then managing expectations of both clients and stakeholders. As a rule, everyone comes into a project with some kind of expectations. Inaccurate estimation. Overrunning costs.

The Best 53 Project Management Blogs You Should Be Reading

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People are gradually becoming more interested in project management as an independent topic and as a possible career. Project management blogs and resources can be a primary source of knowledge, especially if project management (PM) experts contribute to them. To help you save time searching for the best resources, we have thoroughly analyzed more than 300 project management blogs and resource websites. Project Management Software Developers. Influence.

2018 87

To-Complete Performance Index (TCPI) Explained

Wrike

Running successful projects requires calculated planning and monitoring. Project management tools like the To-Complete Performance Index (TCPI) help project managers achieve this with as little risk as possible. A new Estimate at Completion (EAC).

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Project Management Glossary: 200+ Terms PMs Frequently Use

Epicflow Blog

If you’re engaged in project management or your occupation is somehow related to it, you should have an eye for project management terms. We’ve compiled a glossary of essential and the most frequently used project management terms that can be a good assistant for you in your work. . Activity Duration Estimates Review . is the description of all activities planned for completing a project. Actual Cost . Analogous Estimating . Acquire Project Team

Project Termination Guide for Successful Failure & Minimum Blowbacks

nTask

Deciding that it is time to abort a project is never easy nor pleasant. Aborting a project at the right time can make the world of difference rather than carrying on a project that is failing till its bitter end. Types of Project Termination. How to Abort a Project?

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15 Great Ways Project Management Can Help Your Growing Business

Keyedin

Learn how improved visibility and control over your projects and resources can help improve business efficiency and effectiveness. If your business delivers products or services, as your business grows your will certainly need some way of managing projects. Many SME’s are simply scared of the term “Project Management” or end up implementing a host of non-connected, counter-productive tools.

2019 69

Project Management Glossary: 200+ Terms PMs Frequently Use

Epicflow Blog

If you’re engaged in project management or your occupation is somehow related to it, you should have an eye for project management terms. We’ve compiled a glossary of essential and the most frequently used project management terms that can be a good assistant for you in your work. . Activity Duration Estimates Review . is the description of all activities planned for completing a project. Actual Cost . Analogous Estimating . Acquire Project Team

Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities: What does a PM Really Do?

Project Bliss

The job title of “project manager” is pretty common these days. But project manager roles and responsibilities can be pretty vague if you’re not already familiar with them. I know this firsthand, just by watching reactions when I tell someone I’m a project manager. When I took my first job as a project manager, my mother asked what I do. The title of Project Manager was unfamiliar to my mother. What a Project Manager Really Does.

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Organizing Marketing Campaigns with nTask – Your Favourite Project Management Tool In Action

nTask

Fortunately, the use of project management tools has made this journey a lot easier. Influencer Marketing Campaigns. Every company big or small prefers to keep things cost-effective. A project management tool can help you ease your process in various brilliant ways.

2022 78

What Is Cost Overrun? How to Prevent It

Wrike

Project planning is all about accuracy. With about 28% of projects failing due to imprecise cost estimates, it’s clear that your project plan deserves time and attention. What is the definition of cost overrun? What are the signs of cost overrun?

Marketing Project Management: How Data Analytics Can Help

Proofhub

They have become an integral part of project management, letting the marketers know the risks as well as control and estimate project schedules and costs accurately for delivering seamless results to the consumers. marketing projects project-management productivity

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The Best Time Tracking Software of 2018

Paymo App

To save you precious time, we did the hard job of in-depth market research and app testing and came up with a list of 10 time tracking software that are “la crème de la crème” The time-tracking tools that made our list are (click on each one to jump directly to its detailed review): Paymo – full-feature project management app with time tracking and accounting features to help you manage projects from start to finish. 5/month, unlimited users and projects).

2018 63

Risk Management Resources

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Information about key project cost, (technical) performance, and schedule attributes is often uncertain or unknown until late in the program. requires making estimates) ? Risk Management is Project Management for Adults - Tim Lister. Management of Novel Projects Under Conditions of High Uncertainty,” A. A Risk Management Methodology for Project Risk Dependencies,” Tak Wah Kwan and Hareton K.N., Use of Benefits of Tools for Project Risk Management,” T.

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A Compendium of Risk Management Resources

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Let's start with a critical understanding of the purpose of managing risk on software development projects. Information about key project cost, (technical) performance and schedule attributes is often uncertain or unknown until late in the program. requires making estimates) ? Management of Novel Projects Under Conditions of High Uncertainty,” A. A Risk Management Methodology for Project Risk Dependencies,” Tak Wah Kwan and Hareton K.N.,

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