Ask Carol: No Free Lunch in Software Estimation and Benchmarking
Given all your international experience, I’m hoping you can tell me where I can find a large, freely available industry database that project managers could use for software estimation and/or benchmarking. After 5 decades of software development wouldn’t you think that we could put together a software estimation or benchmarking database that the world could use for free?
- Hopeful in Hartford
Great question – and the dream of many IT project managers. It might seem like an easy concept (just collect actual effort and project size and use it for future estimates); in practice it’s not that simple.
What I know is that in software estimation and benchmarking, there is no free lunch -- you get what you pay for. And I’ll explain why…