Talk Details

Stop rolling the dice: a hands-on approach to effort estimation in software development
Conference (BEGINNER level)
Room B3
Yes, back at it. Effort estimation. In the era of Agile and Lean methods, one still cannot escape the problem of estimating how much effort a software project requires. Why is that the case? Well, maybe your sponsor or project manager needs to evaluate feasibility or profitability; maybe your sales department needs to put numbers on a tender application; maybe it’s just a matter of taking a decision towards a project or another. No matter if we hate or love them, estimates are part of the life of anyone involved in the software industry. So, how do we tackle them? How should I approach estimation as a software engineer, team leader or dev? What err(s) should we all try to avoid?
In this presentation, we will overview some approaches to effort estimation taking a pragmatic approach to it and introducing a toolbox that can be applied to real-case scenarios. Referencing some core concepts of decision making in software development (Strazzulo), extreme contracting (Romei), and storming techniques (Brandolini) we will guide the audience into a journey towards better estimation and provide them with useful tooling for their next estimation. 
The presentation is not only for devs who need to make effort estimations, but also for decision makers that need to evaluate their soundness. The issue here being not how to avoid estimating, but how to approach the inevitable without rolling a dice.
Luca Camerini
Business Developer, Entrepreneur, passionate about technology and the way it is designed, produced, and delivered.
With a background in Communication Technologies and eHealth, I co-founded the Swiss software house WellD back in 2008.
Since then, I have been involved in the management of mid to large sized software projects in domains like Healthcare, Energy, Finance and Industry Automation.
Throughout this journey, I faced all the challenges of software implementation, from effort estimation to budgeting and team management and gained significant exposure to methods and tools to tackle them.