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Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools by Karl E Wiegers

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Kickoff Meeting

An initial kickoff meeting of up to an hour gets all participants up to speed on the estimation problem. The moderator explains the Wideband Delphi method to team members who aren’t familiar with it. He supplies the other estimators with the problem specification and any assumptions or project constraints. The moderator strives to give the estimators enough information to do a good job without unduly influencing their estimates.

The team reviews the estimation objectives and discusses the problem and any estimation issues. The participants agree on the estimation units they will use, such as weeks, labor hours, dollars, or lines of code. If the moderator concludes that all team members are sufficiently knowledgeable to contribute ...

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