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Software Project Effort Estimation

Foundations and Best Practice Guidelines for Success

Trendowicz, Adam, Jeffery, Ross

2014, XXII, 469 p. 86 illus.

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  • Most comprehensive reference work on all aspects of software estimation
  • Authors have more than 20 years experience in academia, the industry and public sector
  • Explains the what, how and why of all major software estimation methods
  • Also offers invaluable insights into general project management, risk management and organizational learning

Software effort estimation is one of the oldest and most important problems in software project management, and thus today there are a large number of models, each with its own unique strengths and weaknesses in general, and even more importantly, in relation to the environment and context in which it is to be applied.

Trendowicz and Jeffery present a comprehensive look at the principles of software effort estimation and support software practitioners in systematically selecting and applying the most suitable effort estimation approach. Their book not only presents what approach to take and how to apply and improve it, but also explains why certain approaches should be used in specific project situations. Moreover, it explains popular estimation methods, summarizes estimation best-practices, and provides guidelines for continuously improving estimation capability. Additionally, the book offers invaluable insights into project management in general, discussing issues including project trade-offs, risk assessment, and organizational learning.

Overall, the authors deliver an essential reference work for software practitioners responsible for software effort estimation and planning in their daily work and who want to improve their estimation skills. At the same time, for lecturers and students the book can serve as the basis of a course in software processes, software estimation, or project management.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Bayesian Networks - COCOMO - Case-Based Reasoning - CoBRA - Project Management - Software Cost Estimation - Software Development - Software Engineering - Software Management - Software Measurement - Statistical Regression Analysis

Related subjects » Software Engineering

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