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Software Cost and Schedule Estimating: A Process Improvement Initiative

May 1994 Special Report
Robert E. Park, Wolfhart B. Goethert, J. Todd Webb

This 1994 report describes efforts that have been initiated by the SEI to improve the practice of software cost and schedule estimating.

Publisher:

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number

CMU/SEI-94-SR-003

Abstract

This report describes efforts that have been initiated by the Software Engineering Institute to improve the practice of software cost and schedule estimating. These efforts involve support and participation from both industry and government. They are motivated by the capability maturity model, which identified the key roles estimating and cost management play in establishing repeatable software processes. Products from the initiative will include templates, criteria, and guidelines for establishing defined estimating processes, training materials, and examples for teaching good estimating practice, and evaluations of the abilities of contemporary cost models to meet today's estimating needs.