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  • Blog Post: Estimation: Historical evidence of the teams performance

    So what if the individual doing the estimate is a star and thinks everyone else is as well – they estimate based on what they (think they) would be capable of (sometimes with a great deal of personal sacrifice added in). This is not a good situation for a team of developers – they will quickly work out...
  • Blog Post: Estimation: Experience of the person doing the estimate

    This is the single most important factor – but also the hardest bit to gain. It’s a classic Catch 22, you need to be experienced but how do you gain this without making mistakes? I’m not here to solve that one just to let you know this is vital. If pushed for advice best bet if you don’t have the skills...
  • Blog Post: Software Estimation – Getting it right

    Software estimation is hard – and it’s not likely to change in complexity overnight. I’ve seen a number of estimation process and tools used across a large scale of projects (from 10K to 2Billion in pounds!). I though it might be interesting to write about these and give you an idea of my point of view...
  • Blog Post: Effective Application Delivery - It's easy

    At the highest level I feel that delivering applications that are maintainable, reflect user needs and tradeoff appropriately between the expected budget, timeline and functionality comes down three things: Getting the right estimate Development process Tool functionality and framework support I know...
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