Credibly Estimating and Managing Testing Projects

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Unreliable estimates are a major reason managers allocate inadequate time and resources to testing. Historically, estimating has been so weak in IT that some people simply assume it is impossible to estimate IT activities accurately. Test estimates are especially prone to problems because they often depend on other (unreliable) estimates. In fact, though, it is possible to estimate more accurately; and huge direct and indirect benefits can result. This interactive seminar describes key principles of effective estimating and how to apply them to the unique aspects of testing. And, rather than just being a static up-front exercise, the course shows dynamic techniques that effective estimators use throughout the project to control progress as well as to refine and improve their estimates and estimating skills. Exercises enhance learning by allowing participants to practice applying practical techniques to realistic examples.

2 Days/Lecture & Lab

This course has been designed for QA and testing specialists, managers, analysts, designers, programmers, auditors, and users who need estimates of testing time and resources.

  • Managing Testing as A Project
  • Estimation’s Place in Test Process
  • Top-Down Estimating
  • Bottom-Up Estimating
  • Test-Based Task Estimates
  • Other Testing Tasks to Estimate
  • Estimating the Schedule
  • Re-Estimating During the Project
  • Directing and Controlling Testing




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