There’s a lot of blogging about agile estimating and planning but most, if not all, that I’ve come across only pertain to after the project has been started.  Further, what is being estimated and planned is for the iterations.  So how does one define budget for the agile project itself, specifically a web business application project?  I mean, the cost of the hardware, 3rd party software, facilities, etc. everything except the actual software development cost can be fairly straight forward to budget.  (more…)