Welcome to Bestimate

Bestimate is an online estimation tool specifically designed for the software development and software engineering field. Bestimate is an effort to re-imagine how estimates are written, planned, secured, analysed and shared. It is free to use and has been designed to complement your existing documentation templates and processes, while replacing the inconsistent spread sheets used by most individuals and organisations. Using Bestimate will make writing estimates much simpler and more consistent. Whether you are a part of a team, lone wolf or a freelancer Bestimate is certain to improve the consistency of your estimates. Some of the high level features are described below.

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Features of Bestimate

Bestimate is an online estimation tool specifically designed for the software development and software engineering field. Bestimate is an effort to re-imagine how estimates are written, planned, secured, analysed and shared. It is free to use and has been designed to complement your existing documentation templates and processes, while replacing the inconsistent spread sheets used by most individuals and organisations. Using Bestimate will make writing estimates much simpler and more consistent. Whether you are a part of a team, lone wolf or a freelancer Bestimate is certain to improve the consistency of your estimates. Some of the high level features are described below.

Intelligent estimate analysis

Intelligent estimate analysis

We have worked on many software estimates in our 25 years in the industry and we know what separates an accurate estimate from a lemon. Estimate includes over a dozen analysis modules that inspect your estimate and suggest improvements.

Full revision history

Full revision history

Bestimate keeps track of all changes you make to your estimate. Each time you save your estimate a snapshot is automatically taken and stored safely away. This allows you to review every single change that you have ever made to your estimate. This is particularly beneficial when collaborating on an estimate with colleagues.

Real time collaboration

Real time collaboration

Easily update your estimates with real time collaboration. When modifying your estimate changes will automatically appear in real time with your colleagues. Team collaboration is a key factor in crafting accurate estimates and Bestimate provides through leading secure technology.

Rates for any competency

Rates for any competency

Allowing up to 16 different rates for specialist competencies such as Project Management or UX Design you will Bestimate affords you maximum felxibility to create just the right estimate.

Share with colleagues

Collaborate with collegues

With Bestimate you can easily share your estimates with others. Bestimate provides read-only access and full access to meet your various sharing scenarios. If you would like a colleagues to review an estimate but not make changes, you can easily share the estimate in read-only mode. If you would like full collaboration, simply share your estimate with full access.

Checklist for easily forgotten activities

Checklist

Crafting an estimate is hard but Bestimate makes things a little easier by providing a checklist of activities to keep in mind. The checklist of 60+ items are part of your estimate and can help in making more reliable estimates for you and your clients.

Safe and secure

Safe and secure

We have prepared many estimates over our 25 years in the industry and know how important it is to keep our estimates safe and secure. Bestimate has been designed from the ground up with security in mind. Bestimate adheres to industry best practices to keep your estimates as safe and secure as possible. You can be confident that your data will always be protected and accessible. Read more about Bestimate security

Access anywhere

Bestimate is a true Web 2.0 application which means you do not need to download any applications or plugins to take advantage of it. As long as you have an internet connection you have access to the full Bestimate experience.

Your data, your way

Bestimate respects your data. You will always be able to do exactly what you want with your data. Need to export it to Excel? Not a problem. Want to send it to a client as a PDF? With Bestimate it's a breeze. Bestimate provides functionality to export your data in all the common formats, including CSV, and RTF. You will always own your data and can rest assured that it is safe, secure, and will never be accessible by anyone else. Read more about Bestimate privacy

Supported browsers

Bestimate works with recent version of the most popular internet browsers (Chrome, Internet Explorer 8+, Safari, Firefox). Bestimate can be used in Internet Explorer 7 but some useful productivity features will be unavailable.

Do one thing well

There are many great project management, team management, application lifecycle management and productivity apps available today. Instead of trying to make a 'do everything' app and re-invent the wheel Bestimate has a single focus - to make writing estimates easier and more consistent.

Zero cost

We intend to always provide a basic level of service for free. As we continue to build out more advanced features and functionality, we may revisit this however our guarantee will be to always provide a free version of the service.

The team behind Bestimate

Who are we

Bestimate is an effort to re-imagine how estimates are written, planned, secured, analysed and shared. We originally built Bestimate because we needed a way to securely and collaboratively work together, using a fast and versatile web interface to deliver estimates to our clients. Prior to building Bestimate we used a variety of means for writing and sharing our estimates such as Google docs, Excel spread sheets, emails, etc. but each of these means had their downfalls - and so Bestimate was made.

Why we are here

We all do estimates for our clients attempting to meet a simple common goal, provide an estimate that is consistent, easy to access and has a sufficient level of detail without forgetting or missing anything. But too often things get out of hand; spread sheets are accidentally deleted, SharePoint repositories become too difficult to manage or gain access to, emails get lost and difficult to track and sharing with you clients outside a corporate network is increasingly more challenging, all the while trying to maintain consistency in estimation between people. These barriers make achieving what should be a simple goal 'to provide a consistent and quality estimate' is in the end not simple to achieve.

To take the next step in estimate writing and productivity, we need a fresh start. We created Bestimate to help take that step; to improve the quality of estimates, to improve the consistency of estimates and to provide a rich easy to use experience for everyone.

Founders

Want to know a little more about the team behind Bestimate, see our profiles below.

Kane Barton

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Brad Webber

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Help and support for Bestimate

Need help?

Need help?

If you need help with Bestimate or want to provide us some feedback then you are in the right place, email Bestimate support.

Supported browsers

Supported browsers

Bestimate works with recent version of the most popular internet browsers (Chrome, Internet Explorer 8+, Safari, Firefox)
Note that Internet Explorer 6 is no longer supported and while Bestimate works with Internet Explorer 7 some productivity features are not supported and you are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version.

Browser trouble

Browser trouble

If you are finding Bestimate as usable as what you expect the quick fixes below might help get you up and running again.

  • Clearing your browser’s cache can force recently changed web pages to show up properly. Each browser handles caching differently, so be sure to follow the correct steps for your particular browser.
  • A cookie is a piece of text stored by your browser to help it remember your login information, site preferences, and more. If you are having problems with one of our sites, deleting your cookies will reset your preferences to their default values.

Touch devices

Touch devices

Although Bestimate will work with all major smart phones, it is a productivity tool that has been designed for use on a laptop, ultrabook, workstation, desktop or tablet.

Security and Bestimate

The security of the information you put into Bestimate is very important to us. Bestimate uses world class hosting and infrastructure along with physical, procedural, and technical safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of your information. Complimenting these practices we also make sure that we:

  • Host data in secure data centres.
  • Maintain regular backups of your data to help prevent data loss and aid in data recovery.
  • Implement firewalls and access restrictions on the server infrastructure to secure our network and protect your information.
  • Encrypt all sensitive information.

Data Reliability

Bestimate stores regular database backups and has the ability to seamlessly provide recovery for more granular data recovery.

Data Privacy

All data access in Bestimate is subject to numerous checks to ensure no users from outside your company ever see or modify your data without you explicitly granting them access within Bestimate.

Secure Application Development

Bestimate follows best practices in all areas of application security and prevents common web attack scenarios. Bestimate was developed with security in mind as we understand how important your data is to you.

When you enter information into Bestimate, we use secure socket layer (SSL) technology to encrypt the transmission of your data to our servers, which helps protect your data.

Physical Security

All of the information stored on Bestimate servers is hosted in secure data centres.

Network Security

All servers are firewalled to permit the minimum traffic necessary to run the service, and access to those servers is limited to Bestimate employees with a legitimate business need. Note that hosting provider engineers may have access as required as to manage the hosting infrastructure.

Security and privacy features available in Bestimate

For estimates create in a Bestimate customers determine who can access different categories of data. Access controls available from Bestimate include:

  • Full control, this access control allows a user full control including the ability to grant access to other users.
  • Write access, this access control allows a user to make changes but are not able to grant access to other users.
  • Read access, this access control allows a user to view an estimate only and disables any form of change or modification.
  • No access, this access control limits all privileges to the owner. This is the default access when creating a new estimate.

Want to report a security concern?

Email us at Bestimate security.

Why not give it a try?

Our customers say Bestimate is awesome and here is just some of the feedback we have received.

Bestimate has helped us make our business more efficient and our estimate and more reliable

Scott Nicholls Vorlage

Bestimate allows a more collaborative way to build our estimates... goodbye Excel

Frank Miceli Quality Assurance Manager

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