Estimating and Scheduling Software Projects

Duration - 2 Days
Available - On Site at Your Location or via Virtual Classroom
 
Overview and Objective
 
The capability to effectively estimate, manage and control software costs and schedules can mean making a profit, having a satisfied customer, or gaining a competitive advantage.
 
This seminar will provide participants with proven techniques for preparing meaningful project estimates and schedules. Participants will learn the essential elements involved in repeatable estimating, scheduling and control processes and will receive guidelines for implementing these processes in their own organizations.
 
What You Will Learn

  • How to improve estimating accuracy
  • How to develop realistic schedules and estimates
  • How to monitor key project control measures
  • How to implement an "early warning" system for detecting problems
 
Who Should Attend
 
This seminar is intended for project managers and other software professionals responsible for estimating and scheduling software projects.
 
Agenda
 
PREREQUISITES FOR SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS
 
  • Defining the project life cycle
  • Defining project deliverables
  • Defining completion criteria
  • Defining meaningful milestones
 
GETTING A HANDLE ON THE PROJECT
 
  • Identifying project activities
  • Developing a work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • WBS decomposition guidelines
  • Testing the WBS
 
DEVELOPING REALISTIC ESTIMATES
 
  • Why estimating is so difficult
  • Factors that influence estimates
  • Who should prepare estimates
  • Estimating techniques
  • Decomposition methods
  • Function point metrics
  • Parametric methods
  • Guidelines for method selection
  • Incorporating risk and security
 
SCHEDULING TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES
 
  • Critical project scheduling parameters
  • Scheduling "do's" and "don'ts"
  • Scheduling tools
  • Gantt charts
  • PERT/CPM
  • Evaluating scheduling alternatives
  • Critical path activities
  • Determining if the schedule can be compressed
  • Determining the probability of meeting project deadlines