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Re: My project estimates are based on:

by blackstarr (Pilgrim)
on Aug 16, 2012 at 17:07 UTC ( #987832=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to My project estimates are based on:

For me Perl is a hobby (strictly for my own fun, or for fiddly things I can do "under the radar")

However I'm paid to implement SAP BPC systems and have found that no matter how optimistic or pessimistic I am in my estimate, the #1 rule is that the client will ALWAYS try and "negotiate" for less time. Initially I reacted by becoming more pessimistic and then delivering faster than planned, but found that clients aren't grateful ... they just take it as a sign you were planning to rip them off.

So now I estimate as accurately as I can, and when the client objects, I ask them to pick the functionality that's NOT going to be implemented.

Only one client has ever accepted the challenge ... and they decided they didn't need any project documentation! :-) ... I've since made more than 3 times the "saved" money out of them afterwards, because they had no idea how to support the system and had to keep calling me in.

So Long
blackstarr


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