Time Estimates in Software Development

Recently, that I completed a project that I had initially estimated to around 2 months, in nearly 4 hours. This morning I fixed the few remaining bugs. I looked at the clock, surprised it was still so early and I still had so many hours left in the day.

Now I have more time to polish the details and go beyond the initial goal (I think this scares my manager a bit), but I could (and I believe some people do this often) stop now and all the management would be satisfied.

What’s interesting is that everybody bought the 2 months estimate without questions (I almost even believed it myself). This reminded me of my productivity zero post.


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