How to Improve Your Company's Effort Estimation Practices

How to Improve Your Company's Effort Estimation Practices

Emilia Mendes (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 28
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-135-3.ch009
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Abstract

Numerous Web development companies worldwide do not employ formal techniques to estimate effort for new projects, thus relying on expert-based opinion (McDonald & Welland, 2001; Mendes, Mosley, & Counsell, 2005). In addition, many Web companies do not gather any data on past projects, which can later be used to estimate effort for new projects, and as a consequence they are not aware of how effort is used throughout their projects and if it could be used more effectively. This chapter provides a set of guidelines we believe can be of benefit to Web companies to help them improve their effort estimation practices. Our guidelines are particularly targeted at small Web development companies.

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Acknowledgments
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Chapter 1
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The objective of this chapter is threefold. First is to introduce new terminology that relates specifically to hypertext, the model the Web is based... Sample PDF
What is Different about Web and Software Projects?
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Chapter 2
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Software effort models and effort estimates help project managers allocate resources, control costs, and schedule and improve current practices... Sample PDF
Introduction to Web Cost Estimation
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Chapter 3
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Building effort models or using techniques to obtain a measure of estimated effort does not mean that the effort estimates obtained will be... Sample PDF
How Accurate is an Effort Model?
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Chapter 4
Sizing Web Applications  (pages 78-119)
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Surveying and classifying previous work in a particular field brings several benefits, which are to (a) help organise a given body of knowledge, (b)... Sample PDF
Sizing Web Applications
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Chapter 5
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Software effort models and estimates help project managers allocate resources, control costs, and schedule and improve current practices, leading to... Sample PDF
Web Effort Estimation Usiing Regression Analysis
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Chapter 6
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Software practitioners recognise the importance of realistic effort estimates to the successful management of software projects, the Web being no... Sample PDF
Web Effort Estimation Using Case-Based Reasoning
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Chapter 7
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The use of realistic effort estimates is fundamental to both software and Web project management as they help project managers allocate resources... Sample PDF
Web Effort Estimation Using Classification and Regression Trees
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Chapter 8
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Although numerous studies on Web effort estimation have been carried out to date, there is no consensus on what constitutes the best effort... Sample PDF
What is the Best Technique?
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Chapter 9
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Numerous Web development companies worldwide do not employ formal techniques to estimate effort for new projects, thus relying on expert-based... Sample PDF
How to Improve Your Company's Effort Estimation Practices
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Chapter 10
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The objective of this chapter is to provide an introduction to statistical techniques and concepts that are frequently used when dealing with data... Sample PDF
Understanding Project Data
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Chapter 11
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The objective of this chapter is to motivate the need for empirical investigations in Web engineering, and additionally to describe the three main... Sample PDF
The Need for Empirical Web Engineering: An Introduction
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