Last week you read about organizational structures and cultures and this week you learned about estimating durations and costs for your project. For this discussion, I'd like you to consider these two topics together. Each company has a different culture and a different approach toward estimating and toward getting estimates approved. For example, in some companies, the project manager is expected to involve all departments in the estimates; in others, they are expected to involve just key stakeholders. Some companies have specific processes or tools to assist with estimating.
What type of organizational structure do you have? What's the culture like in your organization and how can it help or hinder you with estimating your project? If you don't have much experience with this in an organization, then consider how the organization's structure and culture would affect all aspects of the estimating process.
As you respond to this thread, be sure to describe at least 3 different aspects of estimating that are affected by the organization. Describe how those aspects can be helped or hindered by the organization. What effects does this have on the project?