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Software Estimation

The SEI CMM and Estimating
The SEI CMM and Estimating

The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Capability Maturity Model (CMM) supports activities explained here. Software project planning is a key process area for maturity Level 2, the repeatable level. The KPAs in Level 2 are a necessary foundation for the mature processes that

Tags software estimation, project planning, product development, life cycle, cost estimation

Effort Measures
Effort Measures

By effort in the software estimation process, we mean the amount of person-effort, or labor, that will be needed to carry out a task. It can be measured in any units, as long as the unit is kept consistent. On the other hand, the de facto standard is staff-hours (person-hours),

Tags software estimation, productivity measures, software development

Estimating Duration and Cost - Summary
Estimating Duration and Cost - Summary

Estimating product size, staff effort, project schedule, and cost are inextricably entwined during the project planning process, which takes place for the first time near the beginning of the project life cycle and many times thereafter, generally at the end of each major phase.

Tags life cycle, software project, software development, software estimation, software product, estimating cost

The Uncertainty of Scheduling the Future
The Uncertainty of Scheduling the Future

Recognize the uncertainty principle at work (see Considering Dependencies). The planned schedule is just the team's best guess of the future. It does have some allowance for uncertainty management with time reserves built into it, just as management builds cost reserves

Tags deliverable, wbs, software estimation, software development project

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