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Practical Software Estimation: Function Point Methods for Insourced and Outsourced Projects by M. A. Parthasarathy

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Chapter 16Estimation Case Study

Introduction

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Estimators commonly attend professional training courses as a part of continuous enhancement of their skills in various areas. A professional trainer prepares well and ensures that the training sessions are conducted in a planned manner, perhaps following the pedagogic method of teaching. After the classes are over, estimators are thrilled to have acquired new knowledge through which they can go and conquer the world. But when they decide to try out the learning on a few immediate estimation assignments, the problems begin. I have often observed that while the instructor explains the tricks of the trade, it looks quite easy to understand. But when I am back ...

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