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Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art by Steve McConnell

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Chapter 7. Count, Compute, Judge

Suppose you’re at a reception for the world’s best software estimators. The room is packed, and you’re seated in the middle of the room at a table with three other estimators. All you can see as you scan the room are wall-to-wall estimators. Suddenly, the emcee steps up to the microphone and says, “We need to know exactly how many people are in this room so that we can order dessert. Who can give me the most accurate estimate for the number of people in the room?”

The estimators ...

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