Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art. Redmond, Wa.: Microsoft Press, 352 pages, 2006. Retail price: $39.95. ISBN: 0735605351. Order paperback or Kindle from Amazon.com or Ebook from O'Reilly. Look for best price from CampusI (biggest list of sources). Non-US buyers, check out AddALL for exchange rates and non-US sellers.

Book Outline

Welcome [pdf]

CRITICAL ESTIMATION CONCEPTS

1 What is an "Estimate?" [pdf]
2 How Good an Estimator Are You?
3 Value of Accurate Estimates
4 Where Does Estimation Error Come From?
5 Estimate Influences

FUNDAMENTAL ESTIMATION TECHNIQUES

6 Introduction to Estimation Techniques
7 Count, Compute, Judge [pdf]
8 Calibration and Historical Data
9 Individual Expert Judgment
10 Decomposition and Recomposition
11 Estimation by Analogy
12 Proxy Based Estimates
13 Expert Judgment in Groups
14 Software Estimation Tools
15 Use of Multiple Approaches
16 Flow of Software Estimates on a Well-Estimated Project
17 Standardized Estimation Procedures [pdf]

SPECIFIC ESTIMATION CHALLENGES

18 Special Issues in Estimating Size
19 Special Issues in Estimating Effort
20 Special Issues in Estimating Schedule
21 Estimating Planning Parameters
22 Estimate Presentation Styles
23 Politics, Negotiation, and Problem Solving

 

Appendices

A. Answers to Quiz to Chapter 2
B. Bibliography
C. Summary of Estimation Tips [pdf]

Index

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