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Table of Contents

  • I. Critical Estimation Concepts
  • 1. What Is an "Estimate"?
  • 2. How Good an Estimator Are You?
  • 3. Value of Accurate Estimates
  • 4. Where Does Estimation Error Come From?
  • 5. Estimate Influences
  • II. Fundamental Estimation Techniques
  • 6. Introduction to Estimation Techniques
  • 7. Count, Compute, Judge
  • 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
  • 17. Standardized Estimation Procedures
  • III. 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

About the Author

Steve McConnell is recognized as one of the premier authors and voices in the development community. He is Chief Software Engineer of Construx Software and was the lead developer of Construx Estimate and of SPC Estimate Professional, winner of Software Development magazine's Productivity Award. He is the author of several books, including Code Complete and Rapid Development, both honored with Software Development magazine's Jolt Award.

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