Software Estimating

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Unreliable estimates are a major reason many software projects are late, over-budget, and poor quality. Historically, estimating has been so weak in IT that some people simply assume it is impossible to estimate IT activities accurately, which in turn can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. In fact, though, a number of methods and approaches enable more accurate estimates which can produce huge direct and indirect benefits. This interactive seminar describes key causes of estimating pitfalls and effective estimating concepts and techniques to overcome the difficulties. Methods address estimating not only coding but also other project components in both agile and more traditional projects. 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.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

2 Days/Lecture & Lab

This course has been designed for project managers, analysts, designers, programmers, QA/testers auditors, and others who need to estimate software and software projects.

  • Estimating And Project Success
  • Estimation Concepts, Top-Down
  • Bottom-Up Estimating
  • Agile Project Estimating
  • Point-Counting Estimates
  • Test-Based Task Estimates
  • Other Testing Tasks To Estimate
  • Estimating The Schedule
  • Re-Estimating During The Project




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