Many organizations have a need and interest in introducing tools for estimating their IT development efforts, but are reticent due to the perceived disruption, or all out difficulty of execution. Estimating touches many parts and processes of the organization, so implementation can seem daunting. However, many organizations I work with are surprised by the relative ease of the integration and how the results pay off in spades.
While a process may have been in place for years, or merely months, any good estimating tool should be able to adapt and be woven into that process. This includes aligning the estimating tool to the nomenclature of the environment and customizing the tool to an organization’s project types such as Cloud, Agile, ERP, Waterfall etc. Even a seemingly small step of branding the tool itself to the corporate identity, via company logo placement, can help. Once a tool has your environmental language and “feel” embedded, it starts to belong. Initially, all of this can be accomplished at a very centralized level – one or two projects with no need for disrupting the work of the project staff.