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Subject:Re: A salutary lesson From:Sharon Burton-Hardin <sharonburton -at- EMAIL -dot- MSN -dot- COM> Date:Sat, 13 Feb 1999 10:32:58 -0800
Interestingly enough, I am giving a talk at the Inland Empire STC meeting
this Thursday on exactly this subject. How do you do an estimate? Page
count? Doc plan? Project plan? What to consider? What are dependencies? How
to manage timelines? It should be useful for freelancers and captives.
If you are local to so Cal, think about coming. I hope it is a useful talk!
See www.iestc.org for more info. Click the This Month button. There is still
time to make reservations!
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>What I sometimes advise people is to provide an estimate, but to also
>include a PROVISO. This would say something to the effect that you are
>providing this estimate to the best of your knowledge of the product TODAY,
>and PROVIDED THAT nothing new comes up, provided that you start working
>within a day or two (and not in two weeks...), provided that when you hand
>something in to be reviewed for feedback, you get it back within agreed
>deadlines, etc., etc., etc., then your estimate holds. If not, then the
>estimate will need to be revised.
>Anything else you can think of can come under this "CYA" Proviso. In site
>this, things WILL creep up once in a while, but at least you protect
>yourself a little. And you will come across as a real professional...