Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Estimation and Closure

A lot of us are uncomfortable with doubt and uncertainty. Estimation is a way for us to put a fence of certainty around the inherent uncertainty of software development. However, coming up with a date for when a task will be done, does not remove the uncertainty, it just hides it.

From Fundamentals of Software Engineering (Second Edition) by Carlo Ghezzi, Mehdi Jazayeri, Dino Mandrioli:
Estimation is always accompanied by the risk of being wrong.

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