Every project manager needs an accurate estimate of testing effort, time, and cost. Providing this estimate is a challenge when there are many unknowns and variables. The problem is compounded when teams need to work with multiple system development lifecycle methodologies, all of which bring their own unique challenges. Carolyn defines an estimating procedure for your testing efforts and provides guidelines and templates that you can adapt to your projects in order to produce realistic estimates for testing activities for your projects. An approach to continuous improvement of the test estimating procedure and the estimates is included. This tutorial is for all quality assurance and quality control professions who are responsible for producing project estimates and defining estimating processes. Join Carolyn and get a better way of estimating the testing effort, time, and cost for your next project.

  • Discover the necessary prerequisites for accurate estimating
  • Determine which testing tasks require estimates
  • Learn the guidelines and processes critical to producing accurate estimates



Carolyn Swadron is Senior Manager, Quality Assurance & Quality Control for the Internet & Mobile Project Delivery group at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. There, she leads a team of professionals who certify online and mobile banking applications and updates on a wide variety of devices. Carolyn holds a certification from the Canadian Information Processing Society, is an Information Systems Professional, an Information Technology Certified Professional and an International Professional Practice Partnership Professional. She has an Honours BSc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Toronto. Carolyn is an active member of CIBC’s QA Council and Discipline Leaders Council and has a strong commitment to continuing education and training. Her experience includes people change management, quality assurance, process reengineering, project management, development support, methodologies and standards, CMM, application development, and teaching ecommerce at the college level.