Blog: estimates

My thoughts on software development.


I have many interests in software development and I enjoy writing about then. As such my blog doesn't cover just one topic.

Estimating software: How to deal with requests for estimates

A question that often comes up in conversation with other developers is "How do I deal with requests for estimates?". Usually the person asking the question is frustrated, they know that any estimates they create are pure fiction, yet management keeps asking for them anyway. Then they ask the real question; "How do you make them stop?". Well, I usually give the same answer, "You don't.". Instead you need to ask why are they asking for estimates in the first place. What problem are estimates solving for them? Once you understand that you can figure out the best way to help. ## Why we're asked for estimates When I listen to develop...
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