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Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art by Steve McConnell

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Chapter 17. Standardized Estimation Procedures

A standardized estimation procedure is a well-defined process for creating estimates that is adopted at the organizational level and that provides guidance at the individual-project level. Standard procedures protect against poor estimation practices such as off-the-cuff estimation and guessing. They protect against changing estimates arbitrarily because a powerful stakeholder ...

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