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Software Endgames: Eliminating Defects, Controlling Change, and the Countdown to On-Time Delivery by Robert Galen

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Chapter Twelve. Endgame Estimation: A Few Useful Collaborative Techniques

In most of my own endgame experiences, very little in the way of work estimation occurred. I think the prevailing driver was the perceived lack of time—of both project and resource time. I’ve learned from these experiences that devoting a bit of thought to the repair effort is helpful in planning and decision-making within the endgame. Instead of reacting to all repairs, you can factor size, complexity, and repair time estimates into some of your decisions.

I’ve also gravitated to the more collaborative styles of estimation, such as estimating defect repairs as a team or small group. Call it the “two heads are better” approach to estimation. Usually, the team leaders of ...

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