The intersection of technology and leadership

Law of Estimates

The further away you are from the process that created them, the more you’re likely to be dissatisfied by them.


  1. Wow, didn’t nobody commented on this? I would compliment you by the post, if I wasn’t too shy.

  2. Perfect!
    I usually criticise what I call the “Big Up-Front Estimate” sessions that I see when sometimes people try to break down features into stories and estimate them for the next 6 months or 1 year… Your law really expresses my thoughts Pat.
    What I usually recommend is to only break down features into stories for the next 1 month or 2. We can still have some planning for the next months or year, but at a “feature” level, instead of at a “story” level. And we can still estimate the “features”.

    Cheers mate,

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