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   Contents Chapter 28 Additional Resource - Software Estimation

Additional Resources on Software Estimation

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    Boehm, Barry, et al. Software Cost Estimation with Cocomo II. Boston, Mass.: Addison Wesley, 2000. This book describes the ins and outs of the Cocomo II estimating model, which is undoubtedly the most popular model in use today. Buy from Amazon.com
  • Boehm, Barry W. Software Engineering Economics. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1981. This older book contains an exhaustive treatment of software-project estimation considered more generally than in Boehm's newer book. Buy from Amazon.com
  • Humphrey, Watts S. A Discipline for Software Engineering. Reading, Mass: Addison Wesley, 1995. Chapter 5 of this book describes Humphrey's Probe method, which is a technique for estimating work at the individual developer level. Buy from Amazon.com
  • Conte, S. D., H. E. Dunsmore, and V. Y. Shen. Software Engineering Metrics and Models. Menlo Park, Calif.: Benjamin/Cummings, 1986. Chapter 6 contains a good survey of estimation techniques including a history of estimation, statistical models, theoretically based models, and composite models. The book also demonstrates the use of each estimation technique on a database of projects and compares the estimates to the projects' actual lengths. Buy from Amazon.com
  • Gilb, Tom. Principles of Software Engineering Management. Wokingham, England: Addison-Wesley, 1988. The title of Chapter 16, "Ten Principles for Estimating Software Attributes," is somewhat tongue-in-cheek. Gilb argues against project estimation and in favor of project control. Pointing out that people don't really want to predict accurately but do want to control final results, Gilb lays out 10 principles you can use to steer a project to meet a calendar deadline, a cost goal, or another project objective. Buy from Amazon.com