Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Cost or Schedule

Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Cost or Schedule

by Johanna Rothman

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If you have trouble estimating cost or schedule for your projects, you are not alone. The question is this: who wants the estimate and why?

The definition of estimate is "guess." But too often, the people who want estimates want commitments. Instead of a commitment, you can apply practical and pragmatic approaches to developing estimates and then meet your commitments. You can provide your managers the information they want and that you can live with.

Learn how to use different words for your estimates and how to report your estimate that includes uncertainty. Learn who should--and should not--estimate. Learn how to update your estimate when you know more about your project.

Regain estimation sanity. Learn practical and pragmatic ways to estimate schedule or cost for your projects.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940151625531
Publisher: Practical Ink
Publication date: 06/14/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 120
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” provides frank advice for your tough problems. She consults, speaks, and writes on managing high-technology product development. She is the author of more than 300 articles. Her books include: Manage Your Job Search, Hiring Geeks That Fit, and Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects. See more of Johanna’s writing and blogs at

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