IT Costs & Workload Estimates – Introduction & overview of the estimating techniques – 1d

software costs estimation

Duration :

1 days

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Description :

Accurate estimation is one of the most challenging aspects of a project. Estimation becomes increasingly difficult as the project’s complexity and uncertainty increases.

Accurate estimation is a skill essential for good project & costs management. It is important to get time & effort estimates right for two main reasons:

  1. Time & effort estimates drive the setting of deadlines for delivery and planning of projects, and hence will impact on other peoples assessment of your reliability and competence as a project manager.
  2. Time & effort estimates determine the pricing of contracts and hence the profitability of the contract/project in commercial terms

During this course we will provide you with an introduction on this topic and with an overview of the most used and known techniques in order to help you to better understand the subject and assess its complexity.

This course is suitable for anyone involved in workload and costs estimating within the scope of software development project, from project managers to lead developers.



  • Introduction to the basics of the estimating process (what is an estimate)
  • The estimations styles
  • Why and when estimating ?
  • What are the influencing factors ?
  • What are the pitfalls to avoid ?

The estimating process

  • The approach when starting from scratch (WBS, bottom-up & top-down)
  • Prerequisites and preparation
  • The rules of thumbs

Estimating techniques

  • Analogy & Expert judgment
  • Function Points
  • Use Case Points
  • User Story Points
  • A few words on others techniques

The estimates & costs management

  • How to communicate estimates ?
  • How to manage them ?
  • What are the challenges ?
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