Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art, by Steve McConnellSoftware Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art

Software estimation is not as hard or mysterious as many people think. But how to create effective estimates has not been well publicized. Software Estimation shows software developers, technical leads, and project managers how to create more meaningful and accurate cost and schedule estimates. Acclaimed author SteveMcConnell presents fundamental estimation techniques, addresses specific estimation challenges, and explains how to avoid common pitfalls. The book distills academic information and real-world experience into a practical guide for working software professionals. While the book includes foundational mathematics, the non-math geek will find plenty of useful guidelines without getting bogged down in complexity. The book highlights a proven set of procedures, understandable formulas, and heuristics that help achieve estimation proficiency.

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About the authorSteve McConnell is an internationally recognized thought leader on software development best practices. He is the author of several best-selling books, including the highly influential Code Complete, often cited as the most popular software development book of all time. His books have sold more than one million copies overall and have been translated into 20 languages. Steve founded Construx in 1996 to help companies apply proven best practices to their software development. In his role as CEO and Chief Software Engineer, Steve teaches classes, writes books and articles, and oversees software engineering practices.