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Lasse Koskela
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In another thread Frank mentioned something...
Originally posted by Frank Carver:
As with all estimating systems, the vital bit is to record and track both estimates and actuals, and learn as individuals and as a team to make the estimates more repeatable and useful.

...which reminded me of something I've meant to be polling around for a long time now...
Hands up those of you who have done PSP!
I would very much like to hear about:
- General opinion of PSP's suitability for different settings?
- How it was used (org wide,individual, which level, etc.) and how it worked out for you?
- Suggestions for a personal ramp-up strategy?
 
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There are some interesting points at http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?PersonalSoftwareProcess
 
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Originally posted by Ilja Preuss:
There are some interesting points at http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?PersonalSoftwareProcess

The opinions on that wiki page seem to exceed those of my acquaintances in the magnitude of boredom regarding the ongoing paper work.
I haven't tried PSP myself but as I implied, I know some people who did. The problem is that they didn't do it for too long. Basically all for the same reason: they didn't have the motivation to continue chess-clocking and alt-tabbing with a PSP diary (or the paper version of it)...
So, I knew that probably a relatively large proportion of (ex-)PSP users find it too heavy. However, (as pointed out by someone on the wiki) I know statistical analysis can be helpful in improving things because it has worked for project-level process improvement.
Hmm. Maybe the Extreme PSP Experience produces a nice middle road for the less "disciplined" developers such as your's truly.
 
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