Friday, January 30, 2009

Estimating with Use Case Points - FREE template

Being lazy, I was looking for a free, read-made, comprehensive and easy-to-use spreadsheet template for estimating project effort with use case points. I needed it for one of my current projects, in which we are writing 200+ use cases (sic!, see my remark below), and prepare a project proposal for senior management. 
I came across Scott Selhorst's material on Use Case Point Estimation. Very useful!
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The template can also be googled and found at modernAnalyst, another useful source of information for business analysts and such folk.

Note on the large number of use cases: I personally think they are no real use cases. It's quite close to a functional decomposition done in use case form. I expect the system to arrive at about 8000 Function Points, but estimates range from 1.000 to 15.000 as of now :-)