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Software estimation and measurement
Software estimation and measurement
Software estimation and measurement
Software estimation and measurement
Software estimation and measurement
Software estimation and measurement
Software estimation and measurement
Software estimation and measurement
Software estimation and measurement
Software estimation and measurement
Software estimation and measurement
Software estimation and measurement
Software estimation and measurement
Software estimation and measurement
Software estimation and measurement
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Software estimation and measurement

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A quick overview of software estimation and mesurement

A quick overview of software estimation and mesurement

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  • 1. 06/27/13 Santosh Dwivedi,PMP Software Estimation & Measurement Santosh Dwivedi
  • 2. 06/27/13 Santosh Dwivedi,PMP Agenda  Why Estimate?  What to Estimate?  When to Estimate?  How to Estimate?
  • 3. 06/27/13 Santosh Dwivedi,PMP Why Don’t we estimate?  I don’t have time  Why estimate? When I have to anyway deliver when client wants  I know, what I am doing  It’s too tough and confusing  Not sure, if the productivity data is accurate  I just don’t have enough Information
  • 4. 06/27/13 Santosh Dwivedi,PMP Why estimate?  Because:  Even if it is approximate we need to know the size of the work  Unless we start measuring, the productivity data will not evolve  Moreover, we need to measure our performance as how good or bad we are doing so that to drive improvements. Estimation is a pre-requisite for the measurement.
  • 5. Why estimate?  30% of project never complete  100-200% cost overruns is not un-common  Average project exceeds cost by 90%; Schedule by 120%  15% of large project never deliver anything  Only 16.2% of projects are successful 06/27/13 Santosh Dwivedi,PMP
  • 6. 06/27/13 Santosh Dwivedi,PMP Why Measure?  Remember  “If you don’t measure, you can’t manage”  “If you don’t know where you are standing, a map will not help”  “if you are not sure where you are going, any road will do” It’s no more tougher than the other activity we carryout. Give it a try
  • 7. 06/27/13 Santosh Dwivedi,PMP What to Estimate?  Estimation of the size of the system  Estimation of effort  Resource Requirement  Estimation of schedule  The Timeline  Estimation of Cost  Pricing
  • 8. 06/27/13 Santosh Dwivedi,PMP When to Estimate?  Estimation at RFP Stage Crude  Estimation at beginning of the project Better  Estimation at each phase of SDLC Even better  Measurement at End Perfect Estimation should be done at end of each phase of SDLC and the baseline should be revised, if required
  • 9. 06/27/13 Santosh Dwivedi,PMP How to Estimate? Cntd .. Estimation Techniques: The most popular and commonly used are:  Line of Code (LOC)  Function Point Analysis (FPA) Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)  COCOMO Few others are:  Analogous  Parametric  Expert Judgment/Delphi Technique  Using Historical Data It is recommended to do estimation at least using two techniques to cross validate A detailed discussion on these estimation techniques is out of scope of this document and would need a separate document.
  • 10. 06/27/13 Santosh Dwivedi,PMP How to Estimate? Estimation Basics  Effort  Size X Productivity  Schedule  Effort/Available Resource  Cost  Resource X Cost per resource + Overheads
  • 11. Estimating Schedule, Resource from estimated effort 06/27/13 Santosh Dwivedi,PMP Can we keep on compressing schedule by putting more and more resources? “Nine women together can not produce a baby in a month” -Fred Brooks Common Rules:  Optimum Staffing (Persons) = SQRT(Effort) = (100)1/2 = 10.0  Optimal Project Duration (Months) = 2.5* (Effort)1/3 = 11.47  Min Duration (Months) = 0.75 *(Effort)1/3 = 3.47 These rules include standard project efforts: SCM, SQA, test, documentation
  • 12. 06/27/13 Santosh Dwivedi,PMP Effort Overheads (% of Base effort estimate) Activity Small project Medium project Large project User documentation 10 10 10 Project Management 25 15 10 Quality Assurance 15 10 10 User training 10 07 05 Acceptance testing 10 05 05 Performance Tuning 05 08 10 Total (%age) 75 55 50
  • 13. 06/27/13 Santosh Dwivedi,PMP Phase Wise Effort Distribution(%) Phase Traditional Development Partial use of CASE Tools Complete use of CASE Tools Requirement Analysis 15 25 40 High Level Design 10 15 25 Low Level Design 15 15 15 Code + Unit Test 40 35 10 Integration/ Module test 5 5 5 System Test 15 5 5
  • 14. 06/27/13 Santosh Dwivedi,PMP How estimation data is used? Size Effort Schedule Defect Density Compliance Productivity, Cost Monitoring, End Timeliness, Process Performance Delivery Time, Customer Satisfaction, Cost Saving Project Leader/Project Manager Program Manager/Portfolio Manager Delivery Head
  • 15. Additional Sources of Information 06/27/13 Santosh Dwivedi,PMP ISBSG  http://www.isbsg.org Charismatek (Function Point Workbench)  http://www.charismatek.com.au/_public1/html/fpw_o verview.htm Glossary of terms  http://www.sei.cmu.edu/str/indexes/glossary/ IFPUG site  http://www.ifpug.org Estimation  http://sunset.usc.edu/research  http://www1.jsc.nasa.gov/bu2/PCEHHTML/pceh.htm
  • 16. 06/27/13 Santosh Dwivedi,PMP Thank You !!

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