How-to to run a software consulting business

Estimating Software Costs

by shabda on October 16, 2011

Software cost estimation is huge topic (and a very complex one). Here is the basic premise for all of them.

  • You have a large specification, it is impossible to estimate the work required for all of it.
  • Break the specification into smaller tasks.
  • Classify the tasks into complexity and risk. (Es things which need to integrate with a third party software have a higher risk.)
  • A task should not be larger than one day. If it is, break it into subtasks to make it smaller.
  • As complexity or risk in increases, add contingency to plan for it.

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