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(231)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Dec 8, 2014
Duration
2h 47m
Description

This course will help you take the guess work out of estimating your projects. Are you afraid of making estimates? You are not alone. Do you know why making quality estimates and tracking actuals is so important? Learn the importance of accurate estimating and how that skill will help you define and manage your customers' expectations. Discover the difference between 'ideal time' and 'elapsed time,' and why your estimates need to encompass both. Learn the anatomy of an estimate along with lean and agile techniques to make your life easier. Come learn some great tools and techniques you can begin using your first day back on the job.

About the author
About the author

Michael is General Manager at Fairway Technologies, a San Diego based technology consulting company. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Development at PDSA, Inc. and has many years of management, technology, and leadership experience.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Tools and Techniques: Part 1
Hello, I'm Michael Krasowski from Pluralsight. I will be presenting Module 2, Tools and Techniques, Part 1 of Best Practices for Project Estimation. This module, Estimating Tools and Techniques, Part 1, will provide quick and easy tools and techniques to improve your estimation skills. Okay, here are the key topics I will be covering. We're going to do a recap of the fundamentals module. Estimating models, top down. Estimating models, parametric. Estimating models, phased. Estimating model, hybrid. Estimating by ideal time. Ideal time versus elapsed time. Units of measure. Developing team estimates. When and how to iterate estimates. Team estimation best practices. And how long is a football game?

Tools and Techniques: Part 2
Hello. I'm Michael Krasowski from Pluralsight. I will be presenting Module 3, Tools and Techniques: Part 2 of Best Practices for Project Estimation. This module will provide quick and easy techniques to improve your estimation skills. Okay, here are the key topics I will be covering. Developing team capacity. Pretty good capacity multiplier. Why track your time. Estimates and schedules. They are very different. First cut schedules. Second cut detailed schedules. Arbitrary padding. Managed padding. Developing team schedules. Schedule buffering. The 5 and 50 rules. Revising estimates after a project launch. Okay, let's get started.

Agile Estimation
Hello. I'm Michael Krasowski from Pluralsight. I will be presenting Module 4, Agile Estimation, of Best Practices for Project Estimation. Let's recap the course and then I'll give you an overview of this module. Let's do a quick review of the module roadmap. In the first module we learned about the fundamentals of project estimation. In the second and third module we learned about several practical tools and techniques to help you develop your estimates. And in this module we will provide some context in how estimates are derived and used in an Agile environment. Okay, now let's do an overview of this module. This module will discuss the Agile philosophy and its approach to estimation. Okay, here are the key topics I will be covering. Agile philosophy. Agile myths. The adaptive approach. The Agile approach to projects. Just the right amount of planning. Old thinking versus new thinking. Estimation scales. Planning poker. Benefits of Agile estimation. Step by step, creating an Agile estimate. Iterations, velocity, and schedules. And best practice framework. Okay, let's get started.