Estimating work effort… Lessons from an underestimator.

I’ll be the first to admit that my credentials at estimating aren’t always that brilliant… However, like all programmers: it’s part of our daily, or even hourly, lives. There are a few hard lessons that I’ve learnt though which hopefully help someone out there somehow. First, stick with what you know. If you can’t visualize … More Estimating work effort… Lessons from an underestimator.

When does a requirement need to quit being a requirement?

In recent times I’ve done the unmentionable, the disgusting, the horrifying, the unheard of: I said “we’ll just have to change their requirement then” and “stuff the requirement, they just didn’t know what they wanted”. When you make this sort of statement it almost becomes like the old western movies when the odd looking but … More When does a requirement need to quit being a requirement?