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Quick Tip To Improve Estimates

Could your team members improve their estimates? My own estimates are consistently too low by a factor of 1.5. How do I know? Well, I track my time on a project. At the end of the project, I compare my total hours to the sum of the original estimates in the Resource Sheet as shown…

The Art and Science of Estimating Task Lengths

Project management is both an art and a science. Estimating task durations and work draw on the project manager skills and experience. Estimates take into consideration factors such as resource skill, history, and experience. In this lesson, we’ll look at estimating duration and work. Estimating is the ability to make an educated guess as to…

The Basics of Estimation with Microsoft Project

Project management proves its worth by helping create a culture of repeatable, proven processes that can directly improve efficiency and performance. It employs established techniques that can manage a wide variety of work. Although there’s more than one way to manage a project, any project goes through five broad areas of process: initiation, planning, execution,…

A Rational Approach to Padding

We’ve all heard stories about estimation padding. The developer provided a 30 day estimation. His team lead doubted his wisdom and added another 10 days to it. The manager didn’t have a lot of trust in his teams abilities and added another 10 days. The senior executive felt more comfortable with the addition of another…

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