ISMA 17 conference: Project Sizing and Estimation Challenges in the Digital World
Venkata Ramana Susarla, Ajeeth Kumar, Mahesh Ananthakrishnan and Deepa Jayakumar
The advent of digital has brought about a paradigm shift in developing IT solutions. Today’s customers expect exceptional creativity in solving business problems, requiring transformation and modernization of the IT landscape.
Digital transformation projects are often complex and come with challenges related to estimation. This stems from lack of clarity on the client’s digital journey imperatives and vision of the digital end-state. How does one estimate, when the end state itself is hazy and unclear? How does this differ from a traditional estimation model? What is the role of an estimation leader/champion, when the customer wants every aspect to be tightly governed in terms of value creation?
This paper seeks to provide our point of view on
- Addressing the modern Agile Era- Transformation project challenges
- How estimation landscape is likely to change in the future
- How an estimation leader can add value to this context and stay future ready?
Venkata Ramana Susarla – CFPS – Currently working as Estimation Lead, in Estimation Centre of Excellence, Cognizant Technology Solutions. He has 18+ years of experience in project estimations, integration and management of solutions and products across domains.
Ajeeth Kumar J – Certified CFPS – Currently working as Estimation Lead, in Estimation Centre of Excellence, Cognizant Technology Solutions. He has 16+ years of experience in project estimations, integration and management of solutions, business analysis and project management.
Mahesh Ananthakrishnan – CFPS- IFPUG Certification committee-Exam Chair, with 21+ years of IT delivery experience across Banking/Manufacturing and Learning and Development Domains.
Deepa Jayakumar – Certified CFPS; ITIL V3; BCS Professional – Foundation. Currently working in Digital Interactive – Delivery Excellence team in Cognizant Technology Solutions. She has an overall 18+ years of experience spread across a range of specializations such as Estimation, Testing, Business Analysis, Quality & Compliance, Process Enhancement and Team Management.