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Ask a PM: How to Get Proper Estimates

Dear Elizabeth: I work in a technical team as a project manager. We do a lot of projects that are innovative (for us), and my development colleagues always seem reluctant when it comes to project planning. They won’t give me timescales that will help me plan. How do you deal with a team that refuses...

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Why Ranged Estimations Are Good for Projects

When it comes to managing technical projects, you already know this: The only thing you can be sure of is uncertainty. Your project will undoubtedly take a few twists and turns on the way to delivery. And who knows what other sudden needs or emergencies will pop up to divert your attention from the project...

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Defense Against the Dark Art of Estimation Bargaining

We developers spend a lot of time learning about programming. Unless you work on project management software, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking what happens outside the realm of programming.  However, you need to take this seriously, as there are a lot of conversations going on all around us, and they   define what we...

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Infographic: How Estimation Can Be Applied to Really Important Tasks–Like Holiday Dinner!

Turkeys—like some projects—are famous for not being done on time.  So this year, instead of having a bunch of hungry stragglers gather in your kitchen waiting for the bird to cook, try something else. Make ranged estimates of your dinner’s completion time. Estimating in best/worst case scenarios is one of our founding principles and differentiators...

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