Six Estimation Safety Tips

Karl Wiegers
Jun 13 · 6 min read

Estimation Tip #1: A goal is not an estimate.

Estimation Tip #2: The estimate you produce should be unrelated to what you think the requester wants to hear.

Estimation Tip #3: The correct answer to any request for an estimate is “Let me get back to you on that.”

Estimation Tip #4: Avoid giving single-point estimates.

Estimation Tip #5: Incorporate contingency buffers into estimates.

Estimation Tip #6: Record actual outcomes and compare them to the estimates.

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