Practical Software Estimation Measurement

Flattening the Cone of Uncertainty

Estimation Cone of Uncertainty

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A large part of software estimation is dealing with the unknown. At the earliest stages of a software project, the uncertainty surrounding schedule and budget is at its highest and diminishes as a project reaches completion. In the estimation community, we refer to this as the "cone of uncertainty." Of course, it is at the widest point of this cone where estimation is typically needed. So how can organizations keep their customers feeling secure and informed when requirements are still being flushed out and budgets aren't yet established? In his recent a blog post on Techwell, Noel Wurst identifies strategies for flattening the dreaded cone of uncertainty.

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