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The Delphi Technique for Software Estimation
The Delphi technique@drawing wise counsel from senior and experienced software developers@can help you prepare estimates for software development projects. With

drawing  Software Estimation The Delphi technique—drawing wise counsel from senior and experienced software developers—can help you prepare estimates for software development projects. With this method of software estimation, project specifications are given to a few experts, depending on their availability. Learn about the essential steps involved in this software estimation methodology for more accurate estimates of software development effort.

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