by Anthony DeMarco
| March 2, 2016
I had the great pleasure to sponsor, attend and speak at the second annual ICEAA Canada Workshop in Ottawa last week. A speaker opened the conference with his personal story of discovering the vast cost estimating and analysis community in America, which motivated him and others to start ICEAA Canada as a means for Canadian estimators to "up their game". And I must commend the Canadians on their response – it is remarkable. First, it is important to note that expectations on estimates started to grow in 2013 and continue to this day. It is now expected that evidence-based estimates will aid all budgetary decision making. It was clear from this workshop, that the new expectations are driving change among the people, processes and tools in the community:
My workshop presentation, "How Predictive Analytics is Improving Parametric Cost Estimation", reinforced this theme, highlighting recent trends in each area. I have been doing cost estimating and analysis since Olivia Newton-John recorded Physical, so today I am seldom surprised. The rapid blossoming of the Canadian costing practice surprises me. So much has happened in such short period of time. And they are doing it right, with a strong foundation of people, processes and tools. It is exciting to watch and be a part of.