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Re^3: Programmers Nostrums

by planetscape (Chancellor)
on Nov 25, 2009 at 20:24 UTC ( #809423=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Programmers Nostrums
in thread Programmers Nostrums

I got told about this one by a senior colleague (sp?), and it is the best lesson i ever learnt: People are pleased when you finish 'early' and not angry when (inevitably) your timeframe was over-ambitious and things take longer than you expect! Brilliant.

Well, it worked for Scotty:

James T. Kirk: How much refit time before we can take her out again?

Montgomery Scott: Eight weeks, Sir, [Kirk opens his mouth] but ya don't have eight weeks, so I'll do it for ya in two.

James T. Kirk: Mr.Scott. Have you always multiplied your repair estimates by a factor of four?

Montgomery Scott: Certainly, Sir. How else can I keep my reputation as a miracle worker?

James T. Kirk: [over the intercom] Your reputation is secure, Scotty.




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Re^4: Programmers Nostrums
by cdarke (Prior) on Dec 11, 2009 at 11:27 UTC
    Around 25 years ago a project manager guru (books, seminars, the lot) gave me this advice: "multiply all your estimates by pi." Not only will things take, cost, and size, over three times what you thought, but the resulting numbers look far more impressive. "It'll take 3.142 weeks" looks like you took more time and effort over that calculation than "It'll take a week".
Re^4: Programmers Nostrums
by holli (Monsignor) on Nov 26, 2009 at 16:54 UTC
    Yeah, "multiply by four" is what's in the Chief Engineer's Handbook. But Captain's Guide says "divide by five", so who's f**ed up now? =)


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