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 metrics used to estimate a testing project The Test Estimation Process[article]

Estimation is not an easy task. Estimating testing projects is harder. If there are no tools or methodology to support it, the estimation process is a nightmare for those responsible for it. This essay describes a real experience in the estimation process. It also shows some rules, metrics, tools, and tips that guide a testing team through the estimation process.

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High Maturity Benefits and Blarney[presentation]

With more and more organizations claiming to be Capability Maturity Model (CMM) Level four or five, is high maturity all it's cracked up to be?

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To put it politely, software estimation has proven to be challenging. But to be frank, software estimation has proven to be a nightmare.

Tim Lister, Atlantic Systems Guild, Inc.
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Bobbi Antonucci, Blackboard Inc.
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In the natural world, systems tend to go from order to disorder. The same often happens with projects, teams, and organizations.

Andy Kaufman, Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development
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While the Capability Maturity Model has become widely accepted as an approach to software process improvement, Six Sigma is becoming increasingly popular in manufacturing and service organizations.

David Card, Software Productivity Consortium
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While we can't guarantee that our software will never fail, we can take serious steps to reduce the risk.

Shari Lawrence Pfleeger, Systems/Software, Inc.
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Project managers and software engineers need to accurately calculate delivery dates and resource needs for their software.

David Herron, The David Consulting Group
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Ellen Gottesdiener, EBG Consulting, Inc.
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Let's face facts: Software projects fail more often than they succeed-and nothing a project manager does will ever completely eliminate the possibility of failure.

Payson Hall, Catalysis Group, Inc.
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The control chart is a form of instrumentation that acts like a pressure gauge in the world of software development. It provides critical data to help guide the decisions made by software engineers and managers.

Anita Carleton and William Florac, Software Engineering Institute
IS and IT Benchmarking: Current Status[presentation]

Are you having trouble making a business case for benchmarking at your organization?

Mark Czarnecki, The Benchmarking Network, Inc.
Activity-Based Cost Estimating for Web-Based Software[presentation]

What does it cost to provide a feature or complete a transaction for Web-based software? In traditional activity-based cost estimating, a company looks at a product's sales activity and resources used in order to determine its cost.

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Requirements Are Requirements Are Requirements - Not![presentation]

"This isn't what I need," states Customer Bob. "But it's what you said you wanted," replies Engineer Joe. "It's not right. I need something else." We've all encountered this classic users-don't-know-what-they-want scenario.

Robin Goldsmith, GoPro Management, Inc.

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