Estimating Essentials

A new ‘best of breed’ short course in estimating

Course Overview

We aim to provide participants with a “world class” short course in estimating.

Our focus is keeping things simple, practical, flexible and fun.

The course has been designed to provide participants with a practical based course using the latest best practice theories.

Our aim is to select the best tools and techniques from the main project methodologies in existence (e.g. Waterfall, Agile/Scrum and Six Sigma).

Classes are facilitated by highly experienced project managers who encourage open discussions to enable all participants to see how to apply the theory to their own individual workplace.

Our primary goal is to ensure participants walk away from this short course with a full understanding of all the important principles of estimation, and can confidently apply these to practice using the tools provided during the course.

Course Content

    Introduction to estimating
    • Definition & importance
    • Biggest problems
    • Psychology & politics
    • Estimating and the 'Project Life Cycle'
    • Role of the PM
  • How to estimate
    • Foundation of good estimates
    • Rules to follow
    • Tools & Techniques
      • Probability Distributions
      • PERT
      • Planning Poker
      • Delphi
      • Monte Carlo Analysis
  • Estimation in practice
    • Case scenarios
    • Team estimation challenge
    • Available market tools
  • Closure & review
    • Review
    • Feedback
    • Commitment to change

Please be advised all participants will be provided with a detailed course workbook and copies of electronic templates.

Learning Outcomes

ETM’s expectation will be that ALL participants walk away from our short course with the following:

  • A sound understanding of the core principles of estimation and what the ‘key rules’ are for good providing the best estimates
  • An understanding of the psychology and politics of estimating
  • To provide participants with some practical tools and techniques
  • To provide some best practice tips and tricks of the trade
  • Participants to be able to confidently apply these new skills


1 Day.

Who Should Attend?

This course is suited to anyone who wants to know how to become a better estimator. Participants could include executive level managers, project managers, organisational managers, team leaders and business analysts.


$440 (incl GST) per person.

Corporate Delivery?

Prices are available on request. Please contact the ETM team at: or call on +61 3 9556 1407.


Please go to ETM Management Training to see the current public course schedule and to book this course.

If you have any questions please contact us on the details listed below.

Contact Details

ETM Management Training
Suites 11 & 12
2 Central Avenue
Moorabbin VIC 3189

Email :
Phone : +61 3 9556 1407

About Us

ETM is a specialist organisation focused on helping clients to deliver successful projects.

• Short Courses

• Credential Courses

• Facilitated Workshops

• Coaching & Consultancy

Our short course training programs are designed to provide participants with a fast and simplified view of complex topics.
We focus on what you need to know and how you apply it in the real world.
Our primary goal is to ensure participants walk away from our short courses with a full understanding of the important principles and can confidently apply these to practice.