Re: $/word TW

Subject: Re: $/word TW
From: Richard Mateosian <srm -at- C2 -dot- ORG>
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 1996 19:11:33 -0800

>Basic bidding technique: Estimate the job (preferably when you're
>not in an expansive mood; right after you've paid bills is a good
>time). Add in all the usual delays, rework, and confusion, in an
>effort to arrive at an accurate figure. Then add 25%.

Actually, the time-tested technique for estimating the length of a job is:

* Analyze the problem carefully.

* Come up with the best estimate you can.

* Double it and add one.

* Switch to the next larger unit.

This will generally be a slight underestimate. ...RM

Richard Mateosian http://www.c2.org/~srm/ President, Berkeley STC
Freelance Technical Writer srm -at- c2 -dot- org Review Editor, IEEE Micro


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