Estimation is the process of finding an estimate, or approximation, which is a value that is usable for some purpose even if input data may be incomplete, uncertain, or unstable.

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Should you promise to deliver a feature that you aren't sure if its implementable?

In an article from HN, I came across the following advice: Always tell your customer/user "yes", even if you're not sure. 90% of the time, you'll find a way to do it. 10% of the time, you'll go ...
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Estimation Techniques for Linux Kernel Development

I am working in Linux Kernel area and my work includes: code study / Understanding Porting (say from one kernel version to another kernel version) Implementation of new kernel module / Device driver ...
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Metrics / Methodology for estimating resource utilization for software in planning stage

I'm looking for approaches to estimate the resource utilization of an (web-)application in a JEE environment. The overall target is to get a forecast for hardware/software requirements while the ...
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Finishing an iteration early

I'd like some input on this on those working with agile methodologies... A current project is finding that development on our planned user stories is finishing some time before the end of the ...
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How to add a new developer to the team

I run a small company composed of only 2 developers. We are building a very big application for one of our clients. Development on this project has gone on for 1.5 years. Now this client has secured ...
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Estimating time for planning and technical design using Evidence Based Scheduling

I'm at the beginning of a development project in a large organization. The Functional Requirements are currently being worked out and documented with our business stakeholders by our Enterprise ...
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How can I estimate projects when I need to include a learning curve for new technology?

Sometimes, there are research and development projects where nothing is known in advance about the technology, concepts, and client. However, the manager still needs time estimates. What can I do to ...
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Good examples for teaching software estimation (size, schedule, effort)? [closed]

I'm going to be teaching a class that covers a broad brush of estimation techniques. I intend to cover absolute estimation techniques based on SLOC (e.g. Function Points, COCOMO II etc.) and ...
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Scrum - how to carry over a partially complete User Story to the next Sprint without skewing the backlog

We're using Scrum and occasionally find that we can't quite finish a User Story in the sprint in which it was planned. In true Scrum style, we ship the software anyway and consider including the User ...
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How to handle estimates for programmers joining the team?

Iteration has already started, new programmer joins the team, task X has already been estimated to be 30 hours by a different developer. What is the best practice in this situation? new developer ...
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Agile estimation with tech-debt

When estimating (story points) a story that consists on extending a current functionality with a known tech-debt, should we consider the effort that will be spent to refactor the current code or ...
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What is the significance of 10 characters in this Uncle Bob post?

In this blog posting by Uncle Bob http://blog.8thlight.com/uncle-bob/2012/04/20/Why-Is-Estimating-So-Hard.html Author states a possible solution to the problem at hand. He writes "Try this. Break ...
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Which user-story estimation technique is better? [closed]

I found two techniques for estimating user stories: by the size of the story, which is unit-less by the time estimate, which is measured by days The first uses relative comparison between stories ...
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Project estimates for unreal tasks

I'm a developer in large IT company that is centered around providing services to clients (by that I mean development department is <20 people and not a major part of organisation). I'm solving ...
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How does agile estimate the time required for a “research phase”?

According to canonical agile development, what is the appropriate amount of learning that an engineer should engage in before implementing a solution to a problem? If an engineer knows she is too ...
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Dealing with estimates as a junior programmer

I have been working for a couple of months now in a company that estimates (for the general population, not juniors specifically) tasks and then we are given the task, solve it, it goes through two ...
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Handling “related” work within a single agile work item

I'm on a project team of 4 devs, myself included. We've been having a long discussion on how to handle extra work that comes up in the course of a single work item. This extra work is usually things ...
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Is it proper to have Investigation task in sprint

I have been practicing agile for more than a year now. As part of our sprint, some times we will have Investigation Tasks. We skip poker planning for theses tasks, and adds blanket numbers. Theses ...
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Why is it suggested stories be sized to 2-3 days?

If sprints are on average 10 days, why is it often suggested stories be sized to 2-3 days? Related Question: How to handle backlog-items that are longer than one sprint?
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How many user stories per person should be completed per sprint? [closed]

Just ran across this figure, and wondering if there's another well know source than would help confirm these numbers: Based on data I analyzed on successfully finished sprints, I determined that ...
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How to estimate sprint velocity with varying team capacity?

We are a small team of 4 devs rather green in Scrum. Coming from all over the country, we often take odd days off or whole weeks off to go home. Therefore our team capacity changes dramatically from ...
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How to estimate a timeboxed spike using story points?

So my team and I are quite new to Scrum and today moved from estimating in Ideal Hours to Story Points. All seems sound rationale, BUT with timeboxed activities. Here is the case, we have an ...
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How to infer my Assumptions I based my time estimate on?

In an answer on how to make time estimates it is said to write down all your assumptions you made when estimating a project. Seems like a good plan. Problem is, by assuming I already made an ass out ...
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How to Determine # of Programmers needed for a project

How do you know how many programmers a particular project needs to be successful? The company I work for fulfills orders for client companies. We have written an in-house warehouse management ...
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Personal Software Process (PSP1)

I'm trying to figure out an exercise but it doesn't really makes to much sense.. I'm not asking someone to provide the solution. just to try and analyse what needs to be done in order to solve this. ...
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How to answer “When will it be done?”

We all have it, problems that prove difficult to fix and working out a fix through obscure code and bizarre unexpected functionality. Slowly, logically working your way through trying to find ...
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How do you estimate? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to respond when you are asked for an estimate? What are the estimation methods you use in real world projects and found it to be useful. I know there will be lot of ...
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Estimation of Effort and Schedule for a project with almost no familiar elements

To the best of my understanding the schedule for the project is derived using the effort estimates for the individual tasks (in person hours), and the number of relevant resources used for the ...
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Calculation of Milestones/Task list

My project manager assigned me a task to estimate the development time for an iPad application. Lets assume that I gave estimation of 15 working days. He thought that the number of days where too many ...
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When will be your project finished? How long does it take to complete it? Any idea how do you estimate such timing on the spot? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to respond when you are asked for an estimate? In my company, i have a strange managers, they always asks me before starting how is it going? And how long it will ...
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How to measure when a software project is complete?

I have very limited experience in software project management roles, and I was asked this question by another engineer and I was sort of stumped. How do I measure when a software project is complete? ...
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In Scrum, what to do when story points and task hours don't roughly correlate?

Our development team is pretty new to the scrum process, so I would like to help refine our methods to make better use of it. In particular, I noticed that the correlation between story points and ...
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is there any relationship between a story point in two different projects?

Assume we have two projects and one or more teams (one team doing the projects in serial or two teams doing the projects in parallel). If Team A decides that a task is 8 story points and Team B ...
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Resource for common ballparks in development projects? [closed]

Does anyone know of any resource which gives some man-hour ballparks for common types of development projects? I realize it's going to vary wildly by framework/language/the skill levels of the ...
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Is it Ok to change estimates in the middle of an iteration?

We have started using Agile/Scrum in a team of 4 developers. We did our story estimations and ordered the stories Primed stories in the product backlog. We started with the point based estimation on ...
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What assumptions / disclaimers should be included with a software estimate?

I'm writing a lot of estimates lately and I'm finding that quite often, a client might argue scope, deliverables or (most often) cost. In an effort to ensure that the breadth of coverage (of client ...
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Is there really a relationship between number of people assigned to a project and the number of defects?

Here is a quote from a training manual at work regarding SLIM and software estimation: Notice also, there is a correlation between Effort and Defects. This means, the more people there are ...
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What are the most relevant books on software task estimation for individuals? [closed]

What books have you read that helped you, as a programmer, learn to estimate time for completing small-to-medium programming tasks, such as bug fixes or implementing new features? Which have you the ...
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What are the most relevant books on software project estimation? [closed]

Is there a book out there that's the de-facto standard for describing best practices and other helpful information about software project estimation? What about that book makes it special?
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Are there any free software tools to aid software cost estimation using object points? [closed]

I'm looking for a free (or if there is none, then paid too) software that could aid estimating the effort to create a software using object points. If anyone knows any other software that is able to ...
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Daily Scrum Meeting (Burndown chart)

Here is an example: early in the morning of the second day of the Sprint (during the stand up) I go to the board and see that the story I worked the previous day (first day of Sprint) contains a big ...
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What could be a good team building activity to improve estimation skills? [closed]

I'm putting together a presentation to deliver to some of my teammates (all developers), and I'd like to include a short team building activity that focuses on improving estimation skills. Does anyone ...
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Scrum re-estimation of stories

Every day, after the stand-up, my team and I update our estimates for each story. I have a feeling that there is something wrong with the way we do it, so I need your help. This is how we do: Story ...
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If a story is de-scoped during the iteration then what to do with its estimate/size?

Sometimes we change user story scope to complete it during the iteration. For example, Original story (8 points): As a user i want to save my data as PDF. De-Scoped story: As a user i want to save ...
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What is the best/ethical way to estimate code clean-up? [duplicate]

I have been working on a product line since my senior year of college for my current employer. Now several years out of college I am in a position where I am giving estimates for change requests on ...
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In what visual format should I present an estimate for a software project?

What I mean is, do people print some kind of line item form? What data does it contain? What are the line items usually? Otherwise, do you just present a written document describing with a paragraph? ...
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Great companies using FPA as cost estimation

Anyone know if great enterprises (Google, Oracle, SAP) uses Functional Point Analysis to estimate software building effort?
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Software cost estimation [closed]

I've seen on my work place (a University) most students making the software estimation cost of their final diploma work using COCOMO. My guessing is that this way of estimating costs is somewhat old ...
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Statistics on time estimates for web application

I have been asked to help estimate the time it would take to develop a web application. I will not be involved in the actual programming, but I am participating as an "experienced" programmer. The ...
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How can I estimate the value of an open-source project?

I am trying to generate a metric for a company cost savings goal. To do this, I want to estimate the savings we realized by using an open source web application rather than building it from scratch or ...