About this course...

A short 2 minute video on what you'll learn in this workshop.

Estimation - Get It Right!

Eliminate the pain and uncertainty and defend your numbers with confidence.

Have confidence in the numbers you present to management. Learn methodologies and approaches that will consistently provide you with accurate, defensible results.

The technical skills you learn here are applicable to any industry and have been tried and tested. Using these approaches, your results will be practical and concrete and will form the foundation for your project schedule.

Course curriculum

Learning the skills to professional estimation in any field.

    1. Course Introduction and Welcome

    2. The Lay of the Land

    3. Contact me!

    4. An Estimation Quiz

    5. Estimation Quiz Results

    6. The Discussion Group for this Workshop

    7. Before We Get Started...a few questions

    1. What Is Estimation?

    2. Managing Expectations

    3. Estimation Terminology

    4. Estimates, Effort & Duration

    5. Exercise: Measure your Overhead

    6. Estimating Different Things

    1. Expert Advice

    2. Wide-band Delphi and Planning Poker

    3. Historical Data - the Holy Grail

    4. Similarity to the Past

    5. Divide and Conquer

    6. Range-based Estimates

    7. The Fence Example

    1. The Estimation Procedure

    2. Mapping to Schedule - PERT Part I

    3. Adding Schedule Buffers - PERT Part II

    4. There's Really Only One Answer

    1. You've Made it!

    2. Wait! Before you go...

About this course

  • $199.00
  • 26 lessons
  • 2 hours of video content

Pricing options

Contact us for student or 'pay what you can' relief pricing options (info[at]clarrus.com)

Jim Brosseau

Jim is a well-respected speaker, facilitator, educator and thought leader in his field. With over 20 years of experience, he has facilitated powerful in-depth workshops on business analysis techniques and team-based project management concepts, that are now supported by the Project Management Institute. He provides consulting on organizational strategy and frameworks for online and in person workshops. He is passionate about educating people and organizations to create deliberate cultures that foster collaboration, inclusion, and creativity. These, he feels are the seeds that are sown by true leaders to generate amazing results in corporate productivity and personal fulfillment. Jim has volunteered with Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC and with the Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby. He is the author of Software Teamwork: Taking Ownership for Success and Jounce!: Crafting a Resilient Life in an Increasingly Chaotic World.

Jim Brosseau

Principal at Clarrus and E.M. Sciences Ltd

Core Takeaways:

  • Recognize that initially, the degree of uncertainty you have with what you are trying to estimate is far more important than any particular number you might provide as an estimate.

  • Develop tactics to apply that will make it easier to estimate whatever you need to, regardless of how much you know about the problem.

  • Learn the critical components of an estimation procedure that will allow your whole team to consistently develop effective estimates.

  • Understand the mechanisms that will allow you to translate an uncertain estimate into a single point number you can use for planning on your projects


  • Who should take this course?

    Anyone responsible for setting expectations of how long their work would likely take or how much their project will cost will get value out of this workshop.

  • What domains/industries does this course apply to?

    In any domain, good estimation is a necessity for proper planning so that you can manage and meet expectations. Whether the question is how much it will cost to renovate the bathroom, how long it will take to build that new library, or even how much dry pasta should I use to feed a family of four, all of these questions can be answered effectively once you understand the foundations of estimation from this course.

  • How long is this course?

    This workshop is composed of almost 2 hours of videos and additional exercises. It is eligible for 2.0 PDUs from the Project Management Institute.

  • How long do I have access to this course?

    You'll be able to access the workshop forever so you can review it as many times as you like. We only ask that you please respect our copyright.

  • What if I find this course isn't for me?

    No problem. Please contact us at info[at]clarrus.com within the first 30 days of purchase and we will refund your money with no questions asked.

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Our Guarantee

We'll do our best to make sure you're happy with this workshop but if in the end you're still not satisfied, we will provide a 100% refund in the first 30 days no questions asked.