Steve McConnell's "Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art" Arrives in Bookstores Today

Steve McConnell's Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art Arrives in Bookstores Today


Bellevue, WA - March 10, 2006 - Microsoft Press has released Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art, the long-awaited book by software development guru Steve McConnell. Often referred to as the "black art" because of its complexity and uncertainty, Software Estimation provides an estimation approach that is straightforward, accurate, and accessible to software development leads, managers, and individual contributors.

In this highly anticipated book, McConnell unravels the mystery to successful software estimation--distilling academic information and real-world experience into a practical guide for working software professionals.

Topics include estimate definitions, value of accurate estimates, sources of estimation error, estimation influences, fundamental estimation techniques, expert judgment, decomposition, estimation by analogy, proxy-based estimates, and standardized estimation procedures. The book also addresses specific estimation challenges such as estimating size, effort, schedule, and planning parameters, and presenting and negotiating estimates.

Software Estimation retails for $39.99 and is available online and at local booksellers.


Steve McConnell is recognized as one of the premier authors and voices in the software development community. He is CEO and Chief Software Engineer of Construx Software and was the lead developer of Construx Estimate and of SPC Estimate Professional, winner of Software Development Magazine's Productivity Award. He is the author of several books including Code Complete and Rapid Development, both honored with Software Development magazine's Jolt Award. 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. He also serves as Editor in Chief Emeritus of IEEE Software magazine and past Chair of the IEEE Computer Society’s Professional Practices Committee.



Paul Donovan