Harold van Heeringen
Harold van Heeringen (IDC Metri)


Software project failures are a harsh reality in the world of technology. Despite the best intentions and efforts, projects can unravel due to various reasons, such as poor estimation and planning, inadequate requirements gathering, scope creep, and unrealistic timelines. These failures not only result in financial losses but also tarnish a company’s reputation and erode stakeholder trust. Addressing project failures requires a proactive approach, emphasizing communication, risk management, continuous evaluation and especially realistic estimation and planning. Embracing these lessons can lead to improved project outcomes and foster a culture of learning and growth in the software development industry.

In the dynamic world of software development, accurate cost estimation is crucial to ensure project success. Organizations rely on dependable software cost estimation practices to manage budgets, meet deadlines, and deliver quality products. To address this need, a new Software Cost Estimation Certification has emerged, complemented by the Cost Estimation Body of Knowledge for Software (CEBoK-S). In this blog, we will delve into the significance of this certification and the CEBoK-S, shedding light on how they empower professionals to excel in the field of software cost estimation.

The New Software Cost Estimation Certification (SCEC)

The new Software Cost Estimation Certification is a comprehensive program designed to equip professionals with the latest tools, methodologies, and best practices for accurately estimating software project costs. Offered by the International Cost Estimation and Analysis Association (ICEAA), its special interest group ICEAA-Software, this certification reflects the industry’s evolving demands and ensures that participants stay up to date with the latest trends.

Key Components:

  1. Advanced Estimation Techniques: The certification program covers a wide array of advanced estimation techniques, from traditional methods like function point analysis and COCOMO to modern approaches like agile estimation and parametric modelling. By learning these techniques, professionals gain the flexibility to adapt their approach to diverse project requirements.
  2. Risk Assessment and Mitigation: Effective cost estimation involves identifying potential risks and uncertainties that can impact the project’s outcome. The certification equips participants with the skills to assess and mitigate risks, allowing for better planning and resource allocation.
  3. Industry Case Studies: Real-world case studies are an integral part of the certification program. These case studies provide valuable insights into how cost estimation principles are applied in various scenarios, offering participants a practical understanding of the challenges they may encounter.

The CEBoK-S – Cost Estimation Body of Knowledge for Software

The CEBoK-S is a comprehensive guide that provides a structured framework for software cost estimation. Developed by industry experts, this body of knowledge encompasses a wide range of topics, from fundamental concepts to advanced practices, creating a solid foundation for professionals in the field.

Key Features:

  1. Detailed Framework: The CEBoK-S offers a detailed framework that covers all aspects of software cost estimation. It defines the key processes, activities, and inputs required for accurate estimation, guiding professionals through the entire estimation lifecycle.
  2. Best Practices and Standards: In an ever-changing industry, adhering to best practices and standards is crucial. The CEBoK-S outlines established industry standards, ensuring consistency and reliability in cost estimation practices across projects and organizations.
  3. Continuous Updates: Software development is continually evolving, and the CEBoK-S keeps pace with these changes. It undergoes regular updates to reflect the latest advancements and emerging trends in the field, making it a reliable and relevant resource for professionals.

Impact on the Software Industry

The combination of the new Software Cost Estimation Certification and the CEBoK-S has revolutionized the software industry’s approach to cost estimation. Certified professionals armed with the knowledge from the CEBoK-S are better equipped to address the challenges posed by modern software projects, leading to improved project outcomes and client satisfaction.

  1. Enhanced Project Planning: The comprehensive knowledge gained from the certification and the CEBoK-S enables professionals to create accurate and realistic project plans. This, in turn, leads to better resource allocation, reduced budget overruns, and timely project deliveries.
  2. Quality and Consistency: Employing standardized cost estimation practices ensures consistency in project management across different teams and organizations. This leads to higher-quality software development, as well as improved collaboration and communication among stakeholders.
  3. Improved Stakeholder Trust: Clients and stakeholders place their trust in organizations that employ certified professionals and follow industry standards. The certification acts as a testament to an organization’s commitment to excellence and professionalism.
  4. Higher success rates of software development projects, resulting in fewer cost and schedule overruns. This potentially saves companies huge amounts of money and reputation damage.


In conclusion, the new Software Cost Estimation Certification and the CEBoK-S are instrumental in equipping professionals with the knowledge and skills required to excel in software cost estimation. By combining advanced estimation techniques with a structured body of knowledge, these resources elevate the industry’s cost estimation practices to new heights. As organizations continue to embrace these certifications, we can expect to see more successful projects, satisfied clients, and a stronger, more reliable software industry overall.

IDC Metri is proud to announce that its Software Cost Estimation Center of Excellence now has two Software Cost Estimation Certified professionals: Frank Vogelezang and Harold van Heeringen. More information can be found here: https://www.idc.com/eu/idcmetri/it-intelligence

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