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Estimating Software-Intensive Systems: Projects, Products, and Processes [Hardcover]

Richard D. Stutzke
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May 6, 2005 0201703122 978-0201703122
Many software projects fail because their leaders don't know how to estimate, schedule, or measure them accurately. Fortunately, proven tools and techniques exist for every facet of software estimation. Estimating Software-Intensive Systems brings them together in a real-world guidebook that will help software managers, engineers, and customers immediately improve their estimates--and drive continuing improvements over time. Dick Stutzke presents here a disciplined and repeatable process that can produce accurate and complete estimates for any project, product, or process, no matter how new or unusual. Stutzke doesn't just describe formal techniques: He offers simple, easy-to-use templates, spreadsheets, and tools you can start using today to identify and estimate product size, performance, and quality--as well as project cost, schedule, and risk reserves. Stutzke shows how to quickly "get your arms around" users' problems and requirements, the structure of a solution, and the process needed to deliver it.You'll learn how to choose the most appropriate estimating techniques and tools; collect accurate data, track progress, and update estimates; and recalibrate estimating models to improve estimation accuracy. Stutzke's techniques apply whether you're creating custom in-house business software, purchasing or customizing "off-the-shelf" technology, or constructing complex, one-of-a-kind military, industrial, or commercial systems. These techniques apply to small and large projects, and to all project life cycles--from agile to plan-driven. This book will help you plan, estimate, budget, schedule, purchase, design, build, test, deploy, operate, and maintain software-intensive systems. It explains how to size software, identify all cost components, calculate the associated costs, and set a competitive price. A separate section covers topics of interest for large projects: designing an appropriate work breakdown structure, collecting data from cost accounting systems, and using earned value measurement. An accompanying CD-ROM contains templates, supplemental notes, and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to estimate and track projects, product characteristics, and processes.It contains an extensive bibliography and links to web resources on software estimation, measurement, and related topics. You'll find updates and even more information on this book's companion web site, http://www.sw-estimation. com. A(c) Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Many software projects fail because their leaders don't know how to estimate, schedule, or measure them accurately. Fortunately, proven tools and techniques exist for every facet of software estimation. Estimating Software-Intensive Systems brings them together in a real-world guidebook that will help software managers, engineers, and customers immediately improve their estimates—and drive continuing improvements over time.

Dick Stutzke presents here a disciplined and repeatable process that can produce accurate and complete

estimates for any project, product, or process, no matter how new or unusual. Stutzke doesn't just describe formal techniques: He offers simple, easy-to-use templates, spreadsheets, and tools you can start using today to identify and estimate product size, performance, and quality—as well as project cost, schedule, and risk reserves.

Stutzke shows how to quickly "get your arms around" users' problems and requirements, the structure of a solution, and the process needed to deliver it. You'll learn how to choose the most appropriate estimating techniques and tools; collect accurate data, track progress, and update estimates; and recalibrate estimating models to improve estimation accuracy.

Stutzke's techniques apply whether you're creating custom in-house business software, purchasing or customizing "off-the-shelf" technology, or constructing complex, one-of-a-kind military, industrial, or commercial systems. These techniques apply to small and large projects, and to all project life cycles—from agile to plan-driven. This book will help you plan, estimate, budget, schedule, purchase, design, build, test, deploy, operate, and maintain software-intensive systems. It explains how to size software, identify all cost components, calculate the associated costs, and set a competitive price.

A separate section covers topics of interest for large projects: designing an appropriate work breakdown structure, collecting data from cost accounting systems, and using earned value measurement.

An accompanying CD-ROM contains templates, supplemental notes, and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to estimate and track projects, product characteristics, and processes. It contains an extensive bibliography and links to web resources on software estimation, measurement, and related topics. You'll find updates and even more information on this book's companion web site, http://www.sw-estimation.com.


© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Dr. Richard D. Stutzke has more than 40 years experience with software development and project management in the military and industry, including scientific, embedded real time, and commercial systems. He has authored more than fifty papers and articles on software estimation and management. In 1989, he established Science Applications International Corporation's Corporate Software Process Group and led it for two years. Since then, he has focused on defining integrated processes for developing software-intensive systems and managing their development and operation.


© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional (May 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201703122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201703122
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 6.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,797,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive coverage for the right audience... May 13, 2005
Format:Hardcover
Even though I tend to work on rapid application development projects, there are many occasions where formal software estimation and tracking methodology is either required or is a very good idea. Richard D. Stutzke's book Estimating Software-Intensive Systems (Addison-Wesley) will give you all you need to know about the subject... Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly will become the standard September 6, 2006
Format:Hardcover
This book initially appears somewhat intimidating. I was surprised that it is very readable, and impressed with its organization.

Early on, Dr. Stutzke makes the point that there is a trade-off between estimating accuracy and the cost to create (and maintain) estimates. The book provides assistance in identifying appropriate levels of estimating effort.

System analysts and managers that deal primarily with small-scale projects will find helpful information in Part 1 (150 pages). The Linear Method is sufficient for smaller projects. This part of the book can be digested quickly.

Part II continues with additional details, generally applicable to somewhat larger scale projects. Part III covers collecting measurement data for updating estimates and refining estimation models (the "Feedback loop").

Many readers will get all they need from the first three parts.

Part IV - Handling Large Projects - is suitable for use in estimating large scale bids, such as the DOD work done by SAIC, Stutzke's employer.

What jumps out from the pages is how much of the estimating task is common sense. Organized information provides a roadmap that I expect will have practical value.

Estimating well is a skill that is valuable in any large endeavor. How frequently do we read reports of cost overruns on large-scale government projects? I suspect that both estimators and consumers of large, unprecedented projects, whether they have substantial software content or not, would find benefit here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must-Have" for Cost Estimators March 19, 2007
Format:Hardcover
This 900+ page book represents a compendium of practical information about the field of cost estimation. In fact, the content is even broader than the title suggests. Dr. Stutzke focuses on real life problems and their possible solutions. It has appeal to both experienced estimators (as a reference) as well as to those new to the field. It represents another step in moving the field of cost estimation from an "art form" to a science.
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