Category: Cost Engineering

What Does That Button Do — TruePlanning

We are focusing on a few critical TruePlanning inputs of the hundreds provided in the technology. Reviewing the definitions, intent, and effects of these inputs through a generic use case is vital to better understanding the capabilities. Learn more.

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Extract Transform Load– Natural Language Processing for the Data Set Initiative

Let’s dig into Natural Language Processing (NLP) and how it contributes to Unison Cost Engineering’s Data Set Initiative, along with the Extract Transform Load (ETL) of data in general.

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Predictive Analytic Approaches for Estimating the Lifecycle Cost of Agile Programs

The transition to agile management approaches for Software development has introduced even more challenges for cost estimating teams, especially as they support long-term budget development and program execution. Learn about how Unison Cost Engineering is internalizing an agile program into TruePlanning.

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But We’re Agile, We Don’t Have to Estimate (Or Do We?)

The conundrum around software estimation is that at the point at which initial estimates are expected, the information about the project is often incomplete, and software intensive which increases the estimate complexity, since software is hugely malleable. Being “agile” makes an estimate easy, if your team is actually agile.

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From Grand to Granular, Estimating Agile Project Costs in TruePlanning

In the federal government, budgets require a multi-year planning cycle. Therefore, any effort to reduce the uncertainty of future year program costs leads to better and more defensible budgets for those years. But Agile programs focus on near term workload and activities with only limited future planning cycles identified. Future cycles are only activated as their start date nears. So any model-based cost estimate or predictive analysis for the budget needs to be flexible, responsive and adaptive to the daily dynamics of Agile program planning and execution.

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