How to Estimate Project Costs | Video

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Cost estimation is critical for project managers. But, it’s hard to estimate project costs well & poor estimates cause project budget over-runs. The post How to Estimate Project Costs | Video appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

Project Estimate Template

ProjectManager.com

The more accurate your estimates, the more likely you’ll keep to your budget and deliver a project on time. Having a tool to identify and collect costs for your labor, materials and more is the first step to running a successful project. Why You Need an Estimate Template.

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Project Cost Management – The Essential Things to Know and Do

Online PM Courses

Project Cost Management often puts people off. 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. Project cost over-runs are common. Instead, you must act with determination to understand project cost management and implement all the tools at your disposal to control costs and bring in your expenditure on budget. Project Cost Management.

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. Projects bring risks, and risks bring unexpected costs. Project cost estimation applies to everything from building a bridge to developing that new killer app.

4 Tips to Keep Your Project Costs in Check

LiquidPlanner

Which project costs did you miss? It’s been a while since you’ve gotten a progress report from the team – are there any unexpected costs that are going to sneak up on you? . If it seems like you’re always dealing with unexpected project costs, we’ve got four tips to help you forecast your project costs more accurately upfront, and keep them in check as your project moves along. . Map Costs to your Work Breakdown Structure

Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) Estimate and How to Calculate It (with example)

Girl's Guide to PM

What is a ROM estimate used for? A rough order of magnitude estimate is used to give you a very high level view of potential project costs. But in reality, we rarely have the time or luxury of being able to provide that level of estimate at the earliest stage of project.

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Analogous and Parametric Estimating

MPUG

Microsoft Project, in its various releases (i.e., can become an accurate estimating tool for top-down (Analogous) and bottom-up (Parametric) estimating. Units” when assigned by the project manager are called “Assignment Units.” Using a Schedule Template for Estimating.

What is the Management Reserve for Project Budgets?

Project Risk Coach

Have you ever run out of money for a project? Let's explore management reserves for projects, who controls them, and how to estimate the reserves. The project manager adds the contingency reserve to the project budget, resulting in the cost baseline.

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Project Estimation: Master the Tools and Techniques

Online PM Courses

There are two reasons why Project Estimation is a big deal for project managers. And second, poor estimates are often a primary reason for a project cost or schedule over-run. So, in this article, we’ll take a careful look at project estimation, to help you learn how to master the art and craft of doing it well. What is Project Estimation? Why is Project Estimation so hard? The Estimation Knife Edge.

Project Estimation Techniques Everyone Needs To Know

Wrike

Project estimation techniques help project managers accurately estimate essential elements, such as cost and scope , within their projects. What are project estimation techniques? An estimate is a rough calculation of something.

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. Projections/Prediction.

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. 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.

Let Me Show You How to Determine Project Budget Reserves

Project Risk Coach

After publishing my article entitled Evaluating Risks Using Qualitative Risk Analysis , I received questions on how to determine project budget reserves. Project Budget Reserves: Questions and Answers. The contingency reserves cover residual risks in the project and account for cost uncertainty such as rework. Imagine a project budget with no reserves. The project manager is basically saying there will be little to no problems.

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Estimating is a Learned Skill

Herding Cats

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. .

Net Operating Value - A New Way to Look at Project Costs

PM That Works

Let’s take a step back and look at the historically most common path of projects. During the budgeting process usually the year before an idea for a project is suggested. Then this idea goes through some cycles and an estimated budget gets placed on the project list for the coming year. When the project is kicked off, the budget is set to the estimated budget. The project team compresses training, testing, or both to come in on the budget suggested.

5 Project Estimation Techniques and Project Estimate Template

Techno-PM

What is Project Estimation? Estimating is a vital part of the project planning phase and involves estimating the project costs , resources or duration. Estimating a project can be a challenging task no matter what the size or budget of the project is. The more complex and larger the size and budget of the project, the more difficult it gets to appropriately estimate the project. Why do you Estimate?

What is the Point of total assumption (PTA) ?

iZenBridge

During my interaction with Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification aspirants, often I see that they take the Point of Total Assumption as a confusing concept. It refers to the amount above which the seller bears all the losses of an additional cost overrun. Target Cost.

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Direct Costs vs Indirect Costs in Project Management

Deep Fried Brain

Learn about the difference between direct costs and indirect costs in project management with detailed examples and explanation. PMP Study Notes Project Cost Estimates

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How to Use Wrike for Professional Services Performance for Project Budget Management

Wrike

Effective project budget management is one of the most critical components of successful projects. As many as 27% of projects go over budget, which can negatively impact client relationships and profits. How can I measure project management efficiency?

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.

How to Manage Cost in Project Management

Clarizen

In a perfect world, project managers could execute their wildest, most ambitious project dreams without ever having to worry about the bottom line. In reality, though, PMs are beholden to budgets – and that means they have to know how to manage costs.

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PMP interview Questions

iZenBridge

What is a baseline, how is it use while creating project management plan? 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? Which one did you used in your projects? Project Manager Skills.

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How to Make a Cost Management Plan

ProjectManager.com

You know how it goes—you’re a few months out from a deadline, and your team isn’t anywhere close to finishing the project. Well, you’re not alone at least, as this situation happens to more than 45 percent of all large-scale IT projects. The answer is a cost management plan.

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Cost Management Basics

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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.

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Cost and Value Management for Software Development

Herding Cats

we focus on Value and don't need to worry about Cost. Here are the moving parts of any project that intends to make money from the cost invested to produce a product or service. Since each of these elements operates in the presences of reducible (Epistemic) and irreducible (Aleatory) uncertainties, estimates are needed to make any credible decisions. . Software Project Cost Estimation . Overlooking key project risks.

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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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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.

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. This knowledge starts with Reference Class Forecasting which is a method of predicting the future (cost, schedule, technical performance) by looking at similar past situations and their outcomes. For cost and schedule, there are databases containing 1,000's of past projects. Using Function Points in Agile Projects.

Most Common Project Management Roadblocks to Avoid for Better Outcomes

Project Bliss

Project managers do a lot of firefighting. Every day, project managers are putting out fires, both internally within the team and externally with clients. When it comes to project management roadblocks, there are a few that come up time and again. Project Bidding Issues.

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Epistemic Uncertainty Creates Reducible Risk

Herding Cats

Risk is the result of uncertainty, which comes in two kinds for all projects, for everything actually. Aleatory uncertainty, from the naturally occurring variances in the process and Epistemic uncertainty from the probabilistic event-based processes that impact the project. Only margin can be provided to protect the project's cost, schedule, and technical performance from this risk. Estimates lead to buffers. NoEstimates Estimating Risk

Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

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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The Problems with Schedules

Herding Cats

The Core Problem with Project Success. 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 a common chart used to show poor performance of projects that compares Ideal project performance with the Actual project performance. There is no ideal in the estimating business.

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A Wrap Up of the #NoEstimating Conjecture Analysis to Date

Herding Cats

The conjecture that we can make decisions in the presence of uncertainty without estimating the impacts of those decisions is without any principles that can be tested beyond personal anecdotes of I know people who spend other peoples money without providing estimates. Here's some reading to help understand why its bunk and how to learn to estimate in the presence of uncertainty in order to make better decisions. Software Estimating Taxonomy. Estimating Accuracy.

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7 Steps for a Successful Project Budget

ProjectManager.com

If you don’t have the funds, you’re not going to complete the project successfully. That’s why planning out your project budget is so important: it’s the lifeblood of the project. Follow these steps to secure the funds necessary to support the project through every phase.

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

Herding Cats

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?

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Risk Management in Five Easy Pieces, with Apologies to Jack

Herding Cats

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.”

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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.

Consistency: A better way to approach your project business in the ‘new normal’

The Lazy Project Manager

The Lazy Project Manager. I n the 2020’s can there be any remaining justification for using worksheets to build and store project cost calculations? And let’s not just think ‘internal’ projects here. Peter Taylor.

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Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

What happens if you shift focus from "accurate estimation" to "reliably shipping by a date"? . All project work has uncertainty. Uncertainty comes from the lack of precision and accuracy about the possible values of a measurement of a project attribute. If your project has no uncertainty, there is no need to estimate. Turns out in the real world there is no such project. Our knowledge of this world - the planned and actual behaviors of the project.