Software Project Effort Estimation: Foundations and Best Practice Guidelines for Success by Adam TrendowiczSoftware Project Effort Estimation: Foundations and Best Practice Guidelines for Success by Adam Trendowicz

Software Project Effort Estimation: Foundations and Best Practice Guidelines for Success

byAdam Trendowicz, Ross Jeffery

Hardcover | May 16, 2014

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Software effort estimation is one of the oldest and most important problems in software project management, and thus today there are a large number of models, each with its own unique strengths and weaknesses in general, and even more importantly, in relation to the environment and context in which it is to be applied.

Trendowicz and Jeffery present a comprehensive look at the principles of software effort estimation and support software practitioners in systematically selecting and applying the most suitable effort estimation approach. Their book not only presentswhatapproach to take andhowto apply and improve it, but also explainswhycertain approaches should be used in specific project situations. Moreover, it explains popular estimation methods, summarizes estimation best-practices, and provides guidelines for continuously improving estimation capability. Additionally, the book offers invaluable insights into project management in general, discussing issues including project trade-offs, risk assessment, and organizational learning.

Overall, the authors deliver an essential reference work for software practitioners responsible for software effort estimation and planning in their daily work and who want to improve their estimation skills. At the same time, for lecturers and students the book can serve as the basis of a course in software processes, software estimation, or project management.

Adam Trendowicz is a senior consultant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where he leads the Measurement and Prediction team. He has led software cost estimation and software measurement improvement activities in software companies of different sizes and from various fie...
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Title:Software Project Effort Estimation: Foundations and Best Practice Guidelines for SuccessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:469 pagesPublished:May 16, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319036289

ISBN - 13:9783319036281

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Table of Contents

PART I Foundations.- Challenges of Predictable Software Development.- Principles of Effort and Cost Estimation.- Common Factors Influencing Software Project Effort.- Estimation under Uncertainty.- Basic Estimation Strategies.- PART II Selecting An Appropriate Estimation Method.- Classification of Effort Estimation Methods.- Finding the Most Suitable Estimation Method.- PART III Popular Effort Estimation Methods.- Statistical Regression Analysis.- Constructive Cost Model - COCOMO.- Classification and Regression Trees.- Case-Based Reasoning.- Wideband Delphi.- Planning Poker.- Bayesian Belief Networks - BBN.- CoBRA.- PART IV Establishing Sustainable Effort Estimation.- Continuously Improving Effort Estimation.- Effort Estimation Best Practices.- Appendix.

Editorial Reviews

"It is the most complete work on all aspects of software effort estimation that I have seen. It provides an excellent reference for the field and belongs on the bookshelf of every organization that needs to manage a software project." from the foreword by Victor Basili, University of Maryland, USA"This dense book would serve as a reference in a software library, and would be a great resource for software engineering students, as well as managers, engineers, and architects." Naga Narayanaswamy, ACM Computing Reviews, December 2014