Planning and Estimation
managing, estimating, and scheduling a software team can often
be more of an art than a science. However, there are lessons to
be learned from past examples and considerations to take into account
regardless of what project you are working on. First, read the
excerpt from "Mythical Man-Month":
an essay that details the pitfalls and considerations needed in
proper software scheduling. In your essay, answer the following:
is the man-month?
is Brook’s Law? What is the importance of it in regards to
software development scheduling?
would you justify a particular time/effort estimate?
factors need to be considered when justifying cost?
can project managers handle slipping deadlines?
CASE tools or formulas are available that aid in the software
estimation process? Describe how they support management decisions
technical essay should be four to five pages in length,
double-spaced. This does not include a cover page and works cited
page. At least two sources must come from peer-reviewed journal
articles. Please use APA formatting to cite all of your sources.