On the dark art of software estimation

Article note: Truth. “Software estimates are always wrong, because the tasks being estimated are always, to some extent, terra incognito, new and unknown.”

estimate “How long will it take?” demand managers, clients, and executives. “It takes as long as it takes,” retort irritated engineers. They counter: “Give us an estimate!” And the engineers gather their wits, call upon their experience, contemplate the entrails of farm animals, throw darts at a board adorned with client/manager/executive faces, and return–a… Read More


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