# Friday, 28 November 2008

In our software development business, we are always asked for estimates on:

  1. How long is the project going to take?
  2. How much will it cost?

There is a simple to use online estimation tool at: http://www.cms4site.ru/utility.php?utility=cocomoii

It takes the lines of code and hourly rate as input:

Clicking the go button immediately gives you an effort and cost estimate:

You can fiddle with team skills and project complexity and see the result.

I know some people and organizations are adverse to counting lines of code, but after 17 years in this business and having tried several different estimation methods and models, I have to admit, using COCOMO II as an estimation model has proven in practice, at least for me, the most accurate way of estimating how long a project is going to take and how much it is going to cost.

You can read the extensive COCOMO II estimation model manual at:


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