Monday, June 15, 2009

Getting the Price Right: Effective Estimating

This is an excellent article that analyzes what it takes to estimate a web or design project accurately, what the secret and hidden pitfalls are and how to avoid them.

If, as a client, you wonder why the price is not right, then take a read.  If, as a developer, you are frustrated by losing your bids or under-estimating, this is also for you:

It is possible to drastically increase the accuracy of your web project estimates by:
  1. Identifying the reasons why underestimating is so common
  2. Understanding why it is so important
  3. Resisting the temptation to get granular
  4. Creating a consistent, methodical and re-usable estimating process
  5. Analysing the estimated versus actual data from multiple projects to identify trends
Read the complete Smashing Magazine article for discussion on each step.

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