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Building a WBS for Software
Building a WBS for Software

The WBS is the key work product needed to do software project estimating. In many projects, what hurts you the most are not the things that you estimate poorly, but the things that you forget to include at all. In preparation for sizing the work to be done (see "Software Size and

Tags software project, wbs, life cycle, software planning, software architectures

Identifying the Tasks and Activities
Identifying the Tasks and Activities

As explained in "Creating the Work Breakdown Structure" building a product-oriented work breakdown structure (WBS) involves decomposing a large activity (the whole project) into successively smaller activities (top-down approach) until the work is explained in detail to manage

Tags wbs, software project, life cycle, software product, project management skills

Characteristics of Tasks and Activities
Characteristics of Tasks and Activities

How difficult can it be to identify the work that needs to done for a software project? It's mostly common sense, isn't it? What seems like a straightforward assignment can be riddled with opportunities for poor results. The first thing to deal with is what tasks and activities are.

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The Activity ID Process
The Activity ID Process

There are in fact only two ways that tasks and activities are identified for a project: They are part of a pre-existing WBS for a software development life cycle, or they are invented again for a unique development project situation. Either way, customization takes place. We'll

Tags life cycle, checklists, maintenance activities, software products, deliverables, software project

Software Size and Reuse Estimating
Software Size and Reuse Estimating

Forecasting the "size" of a software system becomes more and more easier as the project progresses. The first time an effort is made, at the front end of the life cycle, little is known except for high-level customer requirements. This is equivalent to requesting a custom-built home,

Tags life cycle, software project, software size, software product, spmp

The SEI CMM and Estimating
The SEI CMM and Estimating

The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Capability Maturity Model (CMM) introduced in “Selecting Software Development Life Cycles” supports activities explained in this section. Software project planning is a key process area for maturity Level 2, the repeatable level. Sizing

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Problems and Risks with Estimating Software Size
Problems and Risks with Estimating Software Size

The following sections explain why software project managers and developers have such an excessive problem with estimating their tasks, and why the estimates they do provide are so filled with risk.

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Getting Started with Software Sizing: Estimating Begins with Planning
Getting Started with Software Sizing: Estimating Begins with Planning

Sizing is the prediction of product deliverables (internal and external) needed to fulfill the project requirements. Estimation is the prediction of effort (resources) needed to produce the deliverables.

Tags deliverables, software project, life cycle, cost estimate, software size, wbs, loc

Estimating Duration and Cost
Estimating Duration and Cost

"Software Size and Reuse Estimating" explained methods for estimating the size of a software project, usually in thousands of software lines of code (KSLOC or KLOC). After the size has been established, the answers to other questions that are important to all stakeholders may also

Tags software project, life cycle, cost estimation, software size

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

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