Increasing Test Effort Estimation Effectiveness

On May 29, 2008, I presented “Increasing Test Effort Estimation Effectiveness” to VANQ.org, the Vancouver Software Quality Assurance User Group, and I wanted to share that material with you.


Estimates Provide Visibility to Stakeholders

  • To know how much we will do, we need to know how big it is (Vision) relative to our constraints (Capacity)
  • For each scenario (Choices) of effort, resources and constraints we can determine impact (Consequences) on Scope and level of Risk
  • Scope and Risks and Mitigation Approaches (Strategy) are inputs to the test strategy/plan
  • All of the above and the task level effort (work) estimates are inputs to the project plan

Estimates Provide a Foundation for Planning

  • A good estimate makes the project achievable.
  • Identifies the winning combination of features and options.
  • Establishes the initial risks for risk management.

View the full presentation…

As this was a presentation where participation was expected, you can read the article Estimating Test Effort – From Billiard Balls to Electron Clouds for additional details.

About Trevor Atkins

Trevor Atkins (@thinktesting) has been involved in 100’s of software projects over the last 20+ years and has a demonstrated track record of achieving rapid ROI for his customers and their business. Experienced in all project roles, Trevor’s primary focus has been on planning and execution of projects and improvement of the same, so as to optimize quality versus constraints for the business. LinkedIn Profile
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