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 […]

Should you send that Error Report?

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Do You Make These Mistakes In Your Estimate?

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HOW TO AVOID THE 3 MOST COMMON ESTIMATING MISTAKES! Errare humanum est, sed in errare perseverare diabolicum – Seneca the Younger.Translation: To err is human, but to persevere in error is diabolical. Every estimator has their own unique story. We work alongside each and every one to overcome their challenges, and after more than 30 […]

How to Mentor Younger Estimators

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GLEN’S 20 CENTS – MENTORING ESTIMATORS A generation ago, many estimators entered the industry via cadetships. A mathematically-minded cadet might end up in the estimating department, where they would interpret drawings and get prices, often whilst studying several evenings a week. A few years in, they might be sent out to site for weeks at […]