Improving Predictability of Delivery Schedules

A health care company needed to dramatically improve its ability to consistently and accurately estimate the size, effort, and duration of software development activities for its projects. The company asked Construx to help it create and deploy a solid and proven estimation procedure to address these concerns.

Leaders from the company's technical staff reviewed Construx's popular two-day estimation seminar. Construx consultants then worked closely with the company's staff to create a standard estimation procedure specific tailored to the company's needs. Using the new standard procedure as a focus, Construx then developed a customized estimation seminar for widespread rollout to the company's staff. Construx delivered the seminar to more than 100 software engineers, and supplemented the classroom learning with hands-on coaching and mentoring.

Because of the estimation procedure and the training in better estimation methods, the company no longer needs to "guesstimate" its schedules. It has vastly increased its confidence in the accuracy of its estimates.

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