Often referred to as the black art because of its complexity and uncertainty, software estimation is not as difficult or puzzling as people think. Jun 09, 2004 steve mcconnell is an awardwinning, best selling ceo and author. Demystifying the black art, steve mcconnell explains that the distinctions between estimates, targets, and commitments are critical to understanding what an estimate is, what an estimate is not, and how to make your estimates better. In his highly anticipated book, acclaimed author steve mcconnell unravels the mystery to successful software estimation distilling academic information and realworld experience into a practical guide for working software professionals. This course provides many useful rules of thumb and procedures for creating software estimates the art of estimation and briefly introduces mathematical approaches to creating software project estimates the science of estimation. Demystifying the black art developer best practices enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. Feb 22, 2006 apply estimation approaches to any type of projectsmall or large, agile or traditional. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read software estimation. Software estimation in depth construx steve mcconnell. Apply estimation approaches to any type of projectsmall or large, agile or traditional. Like all of mr mcconnells books, he provides crystal clear writing with tons of techniques that are ready for application in the real world. Like all of mr mcconnell s books, he provides crystal clear writing with tons of techniques that are ready for application in the real world. Problems such as differences in productivity between programmers and differences in coding rate between types of software prompted steve mcconnell to.
Steve mcconnell, the award winning author of code complete and software estimation addresses these questions and more in this cuttingedge technical presentation. Mar 22, 2006 apply estimation approaches to any type of projectsmall or large, agile or traditional navigate the sharkinfested political waters that surround project estimates when many corporate software projects are failing, mcconnell shows you what works for successful software estimation. Aug 17, 2015 estimation and steve mcconnell again aug 17, 2015 agilerelated, estimationsteve mcconnell recently published 17 theses regarding estimation. I read it because i wanted to have tools to discuss the subject, and i think this books accomplishes that. At microsoft, mcconnell worked on truetype as part of windows 3. Home page for steve mcconnell, author of code complete, rapid development, software estimation, and several other best selling software books. At boeing, he worked on a strategic defense initiative project. This online class is based on the bestselling book, software estimation. Demystifying the black art ebook written by steve mcconnell. As software engineering approaches its 50th birthday, do we know which software development ideas. The most sophisticated commercial software producers tend to use at least three different estimating approaches and then look for convergence or spread among their estimates. For a detailed overview of software estimation techniques, steve mcconnells software estimation.
Estimates are used by businesses in numerous ways, including. That post has been completely subsumed by this post if you want to just read this one. The software development community has continued to learn and discover new approaches that produce better results. No single estimation technique is perfect, so using multiple approaches is useful in many contexts. Mcconnell published his first book, code complete, in 1993. Buy a cheap copy of code complete book by steve mcconnell. When many corporate software projects are failing, mcconnell shows you what works for successful software estimation. If youre a true software professional, you should develop estimation skill so that you can estimate competently on the 50% of projects that do require estimation. For more than a decade, steve mcconnell, one of the premier authors and voices in the software community, has helped change the way developers write code and. Navigate the sharkinfested political waters that surround project estimates. Software estimation often referred to as the black art because of its complexity and uncertainty, software estimation is not as difficult or puzzling as people think. The best estimation techniques for small projects tend to be bottomup.
Software estimation with steve mcconnell ryan ripley. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read code complete. Mar 04, 2006 software estimation by steve mcconnell provides a very broad overview of many ways to reduce the software estimation errors for your development cycle. Learn many useful rules of thumb and procedures for creating software estimates. Topics include when and why businesses need estimates and when they dont need them. You will learn techniques for making sure estimation is treated as an analytical.
Software estimation by steve mcconnell, 9780735605350, available at book depository. 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 magazines productivity award. Strengths and weaknesses of popular estimation methods. This article is a critique of mcconnells 17 theses on software estimation. As software engineering approaches its 50th birthday, do we know which software development ideas matter most. I have chosen to read this book because i am in a middle of job requires me to estimate a web project and to put a detailed plan for developing this application. You can read my original 17 theses on software estimation post here. Flow of software estimates on a wellestimated project. In rapid development, author steve mcconnell addresses that concern headon with overall strategies, specific best. Navigate the sharkinfested political waters that surround project estimates when many corporate software projects are failing, mcconnell shows you what works for successful software estimation. Steve mcconnell is recognized as one of the premier authors and voices in the development community. Software estimation steve mcconnell abdulmoniems thoughts.
Instead of arcane treatises and rigid modeling techniques, this guide. From 1996 to 1998, he was the editor of the best practices column in the ieee software magazine. In his highly anticipated book, acclaimed author steve mcconnell unravels the. This new book from steve mcconnell, awardwinning author of code complete and software estimation, distills realworld experience with hundreds of companies into an easytoread guide to the modern agile practices that work best. Software estimation by steve mcconnell provides a very broad overview of many ways to reduce the software estimation errors for your development cycle. Why steve mcconnell is wrong about software estimation. Jan 01, 2006 software estimation demystifying the black art is a boring book. When executives ask for an estimate, theyre often asking for a commitment or for a plan to meet a target. Pay no attention to the fact that the last guy who posted 17 theses was a heretic. Slim is a software tool with different parametric estimating solutions, which can be calibrated and configured by project managers for different type of projects, for example.
To me, the first and last chapters which dealt with conceptualizing the problem space in general were the most interesting. Nov 01, 2016 sven johann talks with steve mcconnell about software estimation. Then you can start reading kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer no kindle device required. In practice, i think the number of projects that need estimates is much higher than 50%.
This came up following responses to my article, how to estimate without estimating. Learn estimation techniques for you, your team, and your organization estimate specific project activitiesincluding. Software estimation by steve mcconnell overdrive rakuten. In fact, generating accurate estimates is straightforwardonce you understand the art of creating them. Steve mcconnell is chief software engineer at construx soft. In his highly anticipated book, acclaimed author steve mcconnell unravels the mystery to successful software estimationdistilling academic. Demystifying the black art is a commonly recommended work on the subject. Estimates are the cornerstone of completion for any project and always a challenging item on a project to address.1526 301 711 963 775 290 799 703 848 784 575 1341 20 225 524 600 781 477 959 389 718 391 675 882 333 1450 1086 1387 1076 661 501 649 1126 918 683 188 551 1376 1414 1217 1258 24 610 662