Cost Estimation in Agile Software Development: Utilizing Functional Size Measurement Methods

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Whenever software is developed based on contracts with binding agreed conditions it is exposed to risks; conditions such as the delivery of a clearly defined functional scope at a fixed price and at an agreed delivery date. Many of these risks can be mitigated by the principles of agile development. Being able to navigate projects within all agreed parameters requires cost estimation methods to be integrated into planning and controlling processes. In order to prevent these methods from eroding the advantages of agile development, they must be rapidly applicable - ideally automatable - and allow for self-calibration after every sprint.

This book illustrates, how size metrics can be utilised profitably in software development processes oriented towards agile values. It points out differences and restrictions, how the accuracy of cost estimations can be increased with each sprint and examines the feasibility of automated measurements.
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Stefan Luckhaus ist Informatiker mit mehr als 35 Jahren Berufserfahrung. Er ist seit 1981 in der Softwareentwicklung tätig und schloss 1988 sein Informatikstudium in Frankfurt als Dipl.-Ing. (FH) ab. Danach war Stefan Luckhaus 10 Jahre selbständig. Seit 1998 ist er Mitarbeiter der PASS Consulting Group ( Dort war er anfangs als Entwickler tätig. Später leitete er mehrere internationale Entwicklungsprojekte und ist heute für die Verfahrenstechnik zur Softwareentwicklung und das Qualitätsmanagement verantwortlich.

Die Fachgebiete von Stefan Luckhaus sind Softwaremetrie, Qualitätsmanagement sowie Vorgehensmodelle. Er leitet im Branchenverband BITKOM (Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e.V.) den Arbeitskreis Qualitätsmanagement, war am Leitfaden "Agiles Software Engineering Made in Germany" beteiligt und hielt mehrere Vorträge, u.a. auf dem Bitkom Software Summit.
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Aug 15, 2016
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