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Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art by Steve McConnell

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Chapter 6. Introduction to Estimation Techniques

Chapter 1 through Chapter 5 described the critical concepts that underlie all software estimates. This book now turns to a discussion of detailed estimation techniques that can be applied to specific estimation problems.

One important consideration in the use of these techniques is that different techniques will apply in different circumstances. This chapter introduces the major considerations in choosing which techniques to choose.

Considerations in Choosing Estimation Techniques

The most useful techniques in any given situation are determined by both a desire to account for the estimation influences described in Chapter 5, and a desire to avoid the sources of estimation error described in Chapter 4 ...

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