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Estimating Software-Intensive Systems: Projects, Products, and Processes by Richard D. Stutzke

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Chapter 3A Basic Estimating Process: The Linear Method

You must estimate values for many kinds of quantities as you specify, choose, and design products and systems; plan and manage projects to build, deploy, and maintain them; and control and improve the associated production processes. Good estimates are critical to the success of these endeavors.

This chapter describes a simple process to prepare estimates for products, projects, and processes. Section 3.1 defines criteria for “good” estimates and estimation methods. Such methods produce well-documented estimates, but also achieve other important objectives. Section 3.2 defines the types of project resources that you must estimate. Section 3.3 describes the important concept of proxy-based ...

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