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Re^2: Improving Your Ability to Estimate

by petdance (Parson)
on Feb 17, 2005 at 18:40 UTC ( #432029=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Improving Your Ability to Estimate
in thread Improving Your Ability to Estimate

. How much time would you estimate it would take to convert your card system to a computerized database? :-)

But why? What benefit would be served? Not everything has to be done in bits & bytes. Sometimes pencil & paper, or post-its, or scribbles on a whiteboard, are the best tools for the job. In this case, having to go into a computer to enter the information probably DECREASES the likelihood that the data will be captured.

This time tracking task is not necessarily a nail for the computer hammer.


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Re^3: Improving Your Ability to Estimate
by zentara (Archbishop) on Feb 17, 2005 at 19:26 UTC
    But why? What benefit would be served?

    Save some trees? :-)

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[GrandFather]: discovering that one of the sensors for the device lies about the gain range it is using!
[GrandFather]: However, by the end of the day I had discovered its deceptions and now have it working correctly, so yes, all's well that ends well. :-D
[Corion]: GrandFather: Ah, (hardware) APIs - I have a similar situation with Chrome and its API... It is fairly underdocumented and I guess I have to hunt...
[Corion]: ... down supposedly working code to find out what I'm supposed to do
[GrandFather]: I haven't any "working code" to inspect! I have to find ways to generate reference signals then check the numbers I get at the far end match.
[GrandFather]: That's ok when the signal is a voltage, but there are three axis accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers in these things! A little invention is needed at times!
[Corion]: GrandFather: Yeah, in that aspect, hardware is far more a black box than software
[GrandFather]: Oh, and the manufacturer tells lies too! I'm sure they don't mean to, but I know for sure some of the stuff they say is just wrong. It's possible they don't understand what we are asking, but that's not a good look either
[Corion]: GrandFather: Ah, unit testing hardware is fun, especially when the hardware is uncalibrated ...

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