Chapter 8Automated Estimates from Minimal Data

Among software project managers, having full information about a software project to create an initial cost is a rarity. Estimates are demanded by both clients and senior management before the requirements are known, before the team is assembled, and before the tools and methods are selected. The majority of early cost estimates have to be produced in a hurry with less than complete information about the factors that will influence the outcome of the project.

This chapter discusses some of the estimating features that commercial estimating-tool vendors and researchers have developed to allow useful estimates from imperfect and partial information. These early estimates have the advantage of being ...

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