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Often referred to as the "black art" because of its complexity and uncertainty, software estimation is not as hard or mysterious as people think. However, the art of how to create effective cost and schedule estimates has not been very well publicized. While the average software organization can struggle with project costs that run double their original estimates, some of the more sophisticated organizations achieve results with estimation errors as low as 5-10%. These best-in-class organizations use scientific techniques that are not cost-effective, however, making them of limited use to most software development organizations. To address these issues, Software Estimation focuses on the art of software estimation and provides a proven set of procedures and heuristics that software developers, technical leads, and project managers can apply to their projects. Instead of arcane treatises and rigid modeling techniques, award-winning author Steve McConnell gives practical guidance to help organizations achieve basic estimation proficiency and lay the groundwork to continue improving project cost estimates. This book is organized from simple tips to more advanced ideas; it does not avoid the more hairy mathematical estimation approaches, but the non-mathematical reader will find plenty of useful guidelines without getting bogged down in complex formulas.

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Average Rating: 4 out of 5 rating Based on 4 Ratings

"Great Book, must read" - by ebralph on 06-SEP-2012
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Having to had offer architectual solutions and the according estimates for at least a dozen projects ranging from 3-4 man months to up to 100 or 200 man months, I really appreciate the input provided by this book.
Fortunately the company I worked for embraced the basic concepts of it whole-sale and decided to standardize the estimation process. Especially if you combine historical data with the other data, you get very good results.
Furthermore, it provides researched results and a good basis for argumentation when having to justify this towards management.
All in all: great book

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