Estimation, Software Project Estimation

Estimation, Software Project Estimation

Intelligent Forecasting, Project Control and Client Relationship Management

About the Book

“Estimation, Software Project Estimation” is for anyone who wants to have a fresh and adequate outlook on the process of software estimation and forecasting, and how these activities facilitate the conversations and relationships among people. It is directly relevant to the roles of scrum masters and project managers, and provides practical tools for intelligent project control. The book is also valuable for business people who want insight into the type of problems that delivery teams face, and for programmers and other delivery team members who want to gain an understanding of the project manager’s day-to-day challenges. While life experience as a member of a software project is useful for quickly recognizing some of the situational nuances, this book will appeal to curious people who are early in their careers.

About the Author

Dimitre Dimitrov
Dimitre Dimitrov

Dimitre is a pilot and flight instructor who spent the last 20 years in the software development industry gaining experience in Agile, Project Management, Team Leadership and Programming. Marrying Aerodynamics, Coaching Psychology and Project Management, Dimitre explores the forces and relationships that shape the lives of modern software development teams and their clients.

Table of Contents

Why This Book?

Who Is The Reader of This Book and What Can You Find In It?


How Is The Book Organized

Frequently Used Pronouns, Collective Nouns, and Terms

Chapter 0

Chapter 1

The People

The Problems

The Desires


Chapter 2

What’s Wrong with (overly) Simple Answers?

What’s Wrong with Complicated Answers?

Simple Constructs that Capture Complex Reality


Chapter 3


Getting Accurate Information Based on Imprecise Inputs

Control, Lack of Control, and Precision


Chapter 4

Determining The Chart Area

Sizing The Project

Plotting a Dot

The Other Two Pillars



Chapter 5


Available Thrust

Takeoff and Level Off

Health Factors


Driving the Projections


Chapter 6

Performance Index

Working Smart

Navigating Issues

Navigating Issues with the Team

Tidbits (Chapter 7)

Software Development Laws

Manifesto for Agile Software Development

Common Gaps, Environment Needs and Tiny Details


Invert, always Invert


Variations of the Intelligent Forecasting Method

Spreadsheets and Sample Charts


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