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10 Deadly Sins of Software Estimation

Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx, and author of Code Complete

The average project overruns its planned budget and schedule by more than 100 percent. In practice, little work is done that could truly be called "estimation." Many projects are scheduled using a combination of legitimate business targets and liberal doses of wishful thinking.

In this talk, award-winning author Steve McConnell presents 10 of the worst ways estimates go wrong, and presents time-tested rules of thumb for dramatically improving estimation accuracy.

About the Speaker

Steve McConnell, is CEO and Chief Software Engineer at Construx Software. In 1998, readers of Software Development magazine named Steve one of the three most influential people in the software industry along with Bill Gates and Linus Torvalds. His first two books (Code Complete and Rapid Development) won Software Development magazine's Jolt Excellence award for outstanding software development books of their respective years. Steve has also written numerous technical articles and is past Editor in Chief of IEEE Software magazine. His most recent book is Code Complete, Second Edition. He can be reached at stevemcc@construx.com.
Steven Teleki,
Oct 16, 2008, 4:43 PM