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Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art by Steve McConnell

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Chapter 11. Estimation by Analogy

Gigacorp (a fictional corporation) was about to begin work on Triad 1.0, a companion product to its successful AccSellerator 1.0 sales-presentation software. Mike had been appointed project manager of Triad 1.0, and he needed a ballpark estimate for an upcoming sales planning meeting. He called his staff meeting to order.

“As you know, we’re embarking on development of Triad 1.0,” he said. “The technical work is very similar to AccSellerator 1.0. I see this project as being a little bigger overall ...

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