Frequently Asked Questions - Estimation
SLIM-Estimate has several project environment settings that should be configured to match your development life cycle activities, application type, sizing technique, and others. These resources will guide you through the process. Remember that most SLIM-Suite license come with free, unlimited support. Contact your Account Representative or QSM Support to set up a coaching session, where we'll guide you step-by-step to create a custom estimation template.
The Quick Reference Guide summarizes the fields most often tailored to customize SLIM-Estimate templates to model your project environment. It provides at-a-glance information on where to find each field, default values, and the benefits of customization.
Our Configuring SLIM-Estimate Templates tutorial video and downloadable PDF guide presents the purpose of major configuration settings and where to find them in SLIM-Estimate, along with how-to helpful hints.
SLIM-Estimate provides a variety of methods for estimating software projects and programs so you can explore a range of potential outcomes and assess the relative risks. Your choice of solution option will be determined by the purpose of the estimate, such as an early feasbility assessment, plus the information you have available. The following references help you define a repeatable estimation process.
- SLIM-Estimate Solution Methods - describes the purpose for each method and associated inputs and outputs
- SLIM-Estimate Validation Checklist - estimation process step checklist
- Creating Defensible Estimate Solutions - high-level process description
The Estimate Guide Template is a SLIM-Estimate workbook containing instrutions and chart-specific notes to remind you of key estimate calculation and analysis considerations.
- Estimate Guide Template - Agile
- Estimate Guide Template - Waterfall