ESTIMATION CHALLENGES Withoutreliable estimates, you will be challenged to: Forecast productivity and quality Control costs, meet delivery dates Instill trust with management and peer-groups
Statistics constantly point to thechallenges surrounding effectiveplanning and estimation - over 66% ofprojects aren’t delivered on time, onbudget or to expected quality.Underestimating a project can lead tounder staffing, under scoping the qualityassurance effort, and setting too short aschedule.Good software estimation and planninggoes beyond tools, techniques andprocesses. It’s also about the rightattitude, understanding and mutualexpectations
GETTING BETTER AT ESTIMATION Improve estimation and planning practices: Estimation is critical and requires adequate time Present estimates to stakeholders effectively Learn how to fully leverage an estimate
A well crafted estimate creates manybenefits: - alignment between business objectivesand technical estimates - more informed business decision making - reliable project delivery dates - improved communication betweenmanagement and the project team - controlled project costs - satisfied customers***For the business, this can translateinto enhanced market competitiveness.
TOP TIPS FOR ESTIMATION Some practical SPC advice you can put to use right away: Estimation is integral to development & business processes Your estimation approach should fit your culture Apply rigor to create sound estimates - don’t rely on instinct!
Solving the project estimation and planningchallenge in a sensible, straightforwardmanner is the mark of the SPC approach.Instead of a “one-size-fits-all” design thatmost consulting firms utilize, our consulting,coaching and mentoring services work incontext with our clients’ culture andexperience.Most importantly, we carefully analyze themost pressing needs that need to beanswered to ensure a high value, highimpact experience.
ESTIMATION INSIGHTS Critical thinking and unique observations on estimation best practices: Fuzzy estimates can only lead to fuzzy project plans Decisions on spending resources & money need good estimates Accurate estimates help deliver software your business needs
Establishing and nurturing soundestimation and planning practices is thefirst step to consistently deliveringpredictable and reliable projectsThe impact on your estimation and planningpractices will fundamentally change yourbusiness for the better.
Refference:The Importance of Estimation - SoftwareProductivity Centre