Stop Multiplying by 4: Practical Software Estimation


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Colin O'Dell at 10:38 on 8 Apr 2016

Great talk on common pitfalls of software estimation and how to avoid them.

Great run through estimations. Smart guy!

Sean Fraser at 10:56 on 8 Apr 2016

Great talk. Very approachable take on the subject and highly relevant.

Great resources.

Eryn O'Neil at 12:02 on 8 Apr 2016

It's always fun to see a talk multiple times because you can see how it's evolved. I saw this one of the first times Chuck gave it, in a short unconference format, and it's really leveled-up as a talk. I have a lot of professional experience writing requirements and providing estimates, but I still walked away with a few new tricks.

I liked that Chuck talked about different parts of the process and different levels of complexity. For example, the Urgency-Importance matrix vs. the much more complicated formula.

Estimation could be a pretty dry topic, but Chuck kept it interesting and practical. My only suggestion would be to include the name of the books and their authors on the slides at the end, in addition to the covers and the ISBNs. It's a better experience if I don't have to download the slides later to find out the authors.

Darren Ehlers at 13:06 on 8 Apr 2016

A lot of helpful information on a subject that we (I) definitely need help with!

Dave Pooser at 14:06 on 8 Apr 2016

Great resources. Only downside is I need to go buy a couple more books now.

Mark Duncan at 15:03 on 8 Apr 2016

As a dev who is presented with "estimations" almost daily, this was super helpful. Will definitely be picking up the book How To Measure Anything by Douglas Hubbard

Marion Sartor at 15:52 on 8 Apr 2016

Great talk on methodology of forming estimates. Walked out of talk with ways of improving on accuracy of my estimates.

As the main estimator for our company, my estimation skills are lacking. This was a great talk to help clear the mist.

Leslie Smith at 20:57 on 8 Apr 2016

Informative talk with ideas for calibrating your estimates, relevant for dealing with political forces and interests. Kept a good pace for understanding and note taking. "Math is your friend." "Do not negotiate your estimate!" ...

Well presented the material provided more theory than I was expecting going in.

Chris at 23:18 on 8 Apr 2016

A lot of this talk could be summed up with: Don't be forced into providing an estimate for a spec you don't understand. This point is crucial for relatively accurate estimates. I appreciated the examples and the resource list.

Jason Goodman at 12:50 on 9 Apr 2016

Good talk. Really enjoyed it.

Jesse Maxwell at 13:59 on 9 Apr 2016

This was absolutely fantastic. Chuck covered a number of great concepts that are important when estimating.

Jason Oeltjen at 13:43 on 10 Apr 2016

Great talk for contractors and anyone estimating projects.

Philip at 10:38 on 13 Apr 2016

likedit and contained many universal truths.

David Trower at 17:06 on 21 Apr 2016

Great talk on how to estimate your projects.