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.

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  Instantly Indispensable   "Steve McConnell's instantly indispensable Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art, tops our list of the best computers and internet books of 2006." -- Amazon.com
   
Software Development Productivity Award! Software Estimation won a Productivity Award as part of the 17th Annual Jolt Awards!
Software Estimation is responsive to the widespread problems the software industry has experienced in creating meaningful cost and schedule estimates. Software estimation is not as hard or mysterious as many people think, but the knowledge of how to create effective estimates has not been well publicized. Software Estimation provides a comprehensive set of tips and heuristics that software developers, technical leads, and project managers can apply to create more accurate estimates. It presents fundamental estimation techniques and addresses specific estimation challenges. It explains how to avoid common pitfalls. Software Estimation doesn’t avoid hairy mathematical approaches, but the non-mathematical reader will find plenty of useful guidelines without getting bogged down in complex formulas.

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