Ancient Estimating

Ancient Estimating
ESTIMATING IS AN ANCIENT SKILL In our modern world, estimating uses powerful software and intricate spreadsheets to determine the pricing of anything from renovating a house to constructing a multi-billion dollar dam. But when did this skillset first come into use? It’s a lot older than you might think. Back in Neolithic times humans started […]

Excelerate into More Professional Pricing

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WHAT IS EXCELERATE? Pronamics is renowned for its estimating software, Expert Estimation. But what you may not know is there are three tiers to this product: Genesis Express Excelerate Each tier, or edition, caters for the different requirements of its users. Excelerate is the first and simplest of the three; a step up from spreadsheets […]

Which estimating technique is best?

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GLEN’S SOAPBOX – WHICH ESTIMATING TECHNIQUE IS MOST ACCURATE? In all my years of estimating, I can clearly divide the discipline into two different techniques. These are: Standard rates estimating First principles estimating But which method is more accurate? Well, first, let’s take a look at how each method works. Standard Rates Standard rates estimating assumes […]

The 3 C’s of Creating a Tender of Which You Will be Proud

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Have you ever submitted a tender and thought, “That wasn’t my best work.” Maybe it looks different to previous tenders, or simply doesn’t have the polish you would like. Rather than just feel awkward about it, remember the three simple things you need to produce a great tender, every time. These are: Consistency Clarity Certainty […]

10 Steps for Success in Rolling out a New Estimating Package (Part 2)

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GLEN’S SOAPBOX – PLANNING FOR SUCCESS Last week I talked about the first five steps to take selecting a new estimating package. It doesn’t stop there, though. To make the most of the software, there are a few more easy ways to gain value out of what you’ve already purchased. The following steps are specific […]

10 Steps for Success in Rolling out a New Estimating Package (Part 1)

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GLEN’S SOAPBOX – PLANNING FOR SUCCESS I am passionate about quality estimating. It is one of the things that drove me to write estimating software in the first place back in the late 1980s. A lot has changed since then. So what do you need to know in order to guarantee success when rolling out […]

Estimate like an Expert

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what is an estimator and why would you want to be one? At its heart, estimating is simply calculating a budget for a task. This could be as basic as grocery shopping just before payday or finding a phone plan to suit your needs. It could be planning a wedding and juggling the costs associated […]

3 Rules for Best Practice Estimating

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Glen’s Soapbox – Best Practice Estimating Want to avoid the pitfalls talked about in Do You Make These Mistakes In Your Estimate? Follow these 3 rules to ensure you follow best practice no matter what you estimate. Best Practice Rule #1 – Break it down The most important thing to do when starting an estimate […]

5 Reasons Estimating is the Right Career for You

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GLEN’S SOAPBOX – ESTIMATING AS A CAREER In my article How to Mentor Younger Estimators, I talk about how many estimators enter the field via TAFE or university study. But what about before that? How do you know if all of that study is worth the investment? Or what if you’re thinking about transitioning from […]