Software Project Estimates: When Will We Learn? - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
IT Leadership // CIO Insights & Innovation
News
4/9/2014
12:09 PM
Carol Dekkers
Carol Dekkers
News
50%
50%

Software Project Estimates: When Will We Learn?

Developers are smart people. So why are less than a third of software projects done on time or on budget?

Software developers are among the smartest people on the planet and often boast advanced degrees in mathematics, engineering, or computer science. In some ways, they are like superheroes — capable of programming complex functions, juggling myriad technologies, morphing customer ideas into working software, all the while not breaking a sweat.

So how is it that despite such technical savvy and programming prowess, they are so woefully poor at project estimation? Study upon study cites that less than one-third of projects are delivered on time or on budget. Couple this with the fact that close to half of the effort spent doing software projects ends up being "rework," and the whole situation seems to defy logic. How can smart people produce dumb estimates?

When we look across a company to departments, such as finance, that meet or exceed tax deadlines, or manufacturing teams that adhere to tight production schedules, it seems appropriate to conclude that software development should follow suit.

The problem of software project estimation is not straightforward, however. A big part of the problem with software development is doing "estimates" for products (software) that have yet to be designed. I believe that there are five top misperceptions about software estimating:

Read the rest of this story on Dr. Dobb's.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of the Cloud Report
As the use of public cloud becomes a given, IT leaders must navigate the transition and advocate for management tools or architectures that allow them to realize the benefits they seek. Download this report to explore the issues and how to best leverage the cloud moving forward.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of November 6, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll