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Presenting the Galorath Estimator of the Year: Dr. Ricardo Valerdi has been published: http://www.galorath.com/wp/presenting-the-galorath-estimator-of-the-year-dr-ricardo-valerdi.php on Project Planning & Estimation by Galorath Staff.

Here is an excerpt: “Grow your own” takes on new meaning when it comes to nurturing the next generation of estimation and project management specialists.
While literacy takes center stage in the nation’s awareness of the need for education enhancement, numeracy has historically taken a back seat, until recently. A n...
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Simple Function Points: IFPUG Counts More Quickly has been published: http://www.galorath.com/wp/simple-function-points-ifpug-counts-more-quickly.php on Project Planning & Estimation by Dan Galorath.

Here is an excerpt: Galorath incorporated is size metric agnostic.  It is had a relationship to effort we are all for it and our SEER models can use it.  Of course we dabble in new sizing methods, from Lee Fischman’s evolved function points, to our function based sizing, to web page sizing.   That being said, ...
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Boost the State of the Art: Answer Software Obsolescence PhD Survey has been published: http://www.galorath.com/wp/boost-the-state-of-the-art-answer-software-obsolescence-phd-survey.php on Project Planning & Estimation by Dan Galorath.

Here is an excerpt: Here is a chance to boost industry knowledge of software Obsolescence. Lets all chip in and support this researvh by answering the survey.
Sanath Rajagopal, PhD student at Cranfield University in the UK is inviting everyone  to participate in a survey which is part of a PhD research undertaken b...
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Why Can't People Estimate: Estimation Bias & Strategic Misestimation Webinar has been published: http://www.galorath.com/wp/why-cant-people-estimate-estimation-bias-strategic-misestimation-webinar.php on Project Planning & Estimation by Dan Galorath.

Here is an excerpt: I continued my series on estimation bias via webinar today.  It is so interesting to me how these tie into parametrics and how parametric estimating helps.   It is also fascinating to me that experts continue to include estimation bias and dramatically underestimate.
Many people view an estimate ...
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CAST 2014 CRASH Executive Summary Agile Vs. Hybrid has been published: http://www.galorath.com/wp/cast-2014-crash-executive-summary-agile-vs-hybrid.php on Project Planning & Estimation by Dan Galorath.

Here is an excerpt:
Software’s 2014 CRASH report’s findings that Agile and hybrid methods being most effective were consistent with Galorath’s observations that Agile itself is not so much a methodology as a mind-set. Iterative or incremental development with constant feedback based on frequent builds allow c...
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Fool the Guesser - Applying Reference Class Forecasting at the State Fair has been published: http://www.galorath.com/wp/fool-the-guesser-applying-reference-class-forecasting-at-the-state-fair.php on Project Planning & Estimation by liveoak.

Here is an excerpt: credit: tmnews.com
My favorite thing to do at the state fair is eating smoked turkey legs. I normally do this while walking around the various booths and barkers listening to pitches for the newest ShamWow® or Veg-o-Matic®. This year I found myself standing in front of a large red and white w...
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SIzing With Lines of Code DaJa Vu has been published: http://www.galorath.com/wp/sizing-with-lines-of-code-daja-vu.php on Project Planning & Estimation by Dan Galorath.

Here is an excerpt: Some HTML Lines of Code
Linesof code has been a viable method of software sizing (if one is careful) for decades.  Functional sizes and other sizing methods such as object points, web pages, and on and on are also viable.  However there was some  debate on LinkedIn recently.  Someone asked for...
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You Can Never Eliminate Risk Without Eliminating Innovation As Well has been published: http://www.galorath.com/wp/you-can-never-eliminate-risk-without-eliminating-innovation-as-well.php on Project Planning & Estimation by Dan Galorath.

Here is an excerpt: Frank Kendall (Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L).) has provided excitement and motivation to the DoD community with his statements on weapons systems acquisition:
, “If you’re going to do things for the first time, it’s probably going to take you long...
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Healthcare.gov findings has been published: http://www.galorath.com/wp/healthcare-gov-findings.php on Project Planning & Estimation by Dan Galorath.

Here is an excerpt: We had published significant information regarding the findings from the healthcare.gov initial difficulties.  The findings were not that different than any major IT system development might have been.
The problems are many, everything from:

Massive requirements volatility
Massive ...
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Overpromised and Underdelivered: A Little Foresight and Realistic Expectations Would Have Gone a Long Way to Prevent Disaster has been published: http://www.galorath.com/wp/overpromised-and-underdelivered-a-little-foresight-and-realistic-expectations-would-have-gone-a-long-way-to-prevent-disaster.php on Project Planning & Estimation by Dan Galorath.

Here is an excerpt: As I read this blog in Infoworld today: IT Projects Over promised and Under-delivered: A Little Foresight and Realistic Expectations Would Have Gone a Long Way, my mind went to the hundreds of examples where I have seen this in my career.
I recalled my very first estimate, as a recently promoted...
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