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Managing Expectations When Estimating Software Project Effort

Why do we put ourselves through the trouble of estimating the amount of time and money needed to complete software projects? When can we skip the whole process?

Estimation is one of the most personally hazardous activities software developers engage in. As professionals, we have an obligation to commit only to things we know we can achieve.

Speaker Ryan Findley,  Owner and Founder of Neomind Labs, will provide the tools necessary to clearly distinguish between an estimate and a commitment, and to educate your customers about the appropriate uses of each.

He will also address the use of cost accounting in software project management, and what it means to have high throughput.


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  • Ryan F.

    Thanks to everyone who made it out last night! I've uploaded the slides here:

    June 19, 2013

  • Gail Groves S.

    Ryan's presentation on Estimating sparked some interesting discussions about building trust with the customer, and differing views on how much "discovery" (& design upfront) to do (and when you can charge for that). Thanks Ryan! Nice to meet new members tonight. Enjoyed the topic + discussion, Matt, and thanks as well to Seed Philly & Brad for hosting.

    2 · June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry, cannot make due to traffic conditions

    June 18, 2013

  • Jason B.

    Success should be measured by the results you achieve not the work you do.

    June 17, 2013

  • Jason G.

    Ryan's going to hate me for setting your expectations, but this talk is going to be AMAZING! Can't wait!

    June 5, 2013

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