10 Deadly Sins of Agile Software Estimation


What’s This Webinar About?

The average software project overruns its planned budget and schedule by at least 50 percent. Agile development, including Scrum, provides potentially useful estimation tools, but in practice little work is done that could truly be called “estimation.” Some Agile teams are even actively hostile toward estimation (see #NoEstimates).

In this talk, award-winning author Steve McConnell presents 10 of the worst ways estimates go wrong on Agile projects and describes rules of thumb for dramatically improving estimation accuracy.

Duration: Approx. 1 hour

About the presenter, Steve McConnell

Steve McConnell is CEO and Chief Software Engineer at Construx Software where he consults to a broad range of industries, teaches seminars, and oversees Construx’s software development practices. In 1998, readers of Software Development magazine named Steve one of the three most influential people in the software industry along with Bill Gates and Linus Torvalds.

Steve is also the author of Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art (2006), Rapid Development (1996), Software Project Survival Guide (1998), and Professional Software Development (2004), as well as numerous technical articles. His books have twice won Software Development magazine’s Jolt Excellence award for outstanding software development book of the year. Steve serves as Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of IEEE Software magazine, on the Panel of Experts of the SWEBOK project, and is past Chair of the IEEE Computer Society’s Professional Practices Committee.Steve received a bachelor’s degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, graduating Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and has a master’s degree in software engineering from Seattle University.

What People Have Said About Steve McConnell

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