Software Estimation Pro Tips

A presentation at AtlantaPHP in in Atlanta, GA, USA by Jonathon Hill

You’re an expert developer, peacefully composing code into a profoundly elegant masterpiece, when suddenly your boss rushes in with the Next Big Idea that will Revolutionize The Way People Use The Internet. He’s on his way to pitch to a VC, and stops by to describe the Idea in excited terms. After a 30 second elevator pitch, he pops the question: “So, Ricky, how long do you think it will take to build this thing-a-ma-bob?” What do you say? In this presentation, Jonathon Hill presents ten Pro Tips that will cover your back, save your job, and keep your boss’s shirt.



The following resources were mentioned during the presentation or are useful additional information.

  • Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art

    Author Steve McConnell unravels the mystery to successful software estimation―distilling academic information and real-world experience into a practical guide for working software professionals. Instead of arcane treatises and rigid modeling techniques, this guide highlights a proven set of procedures, understandable formulas, and heuristics that individuals and development teams can apply to their projects to help achieve estimation proficiency.