Behind Schedule

There are a few different methods for estimating the time to complete a software project.  Boiled down, they all basically mean the same thing: your project is going to take longer than you think it will, so you’d better over-estimate.

The method that seems to apply the best to my projects is to come up with a realistic estimate of how long you think it will take, without being optimistic or overly pessimistic, and then double it.

With that being said, I am way behind schedule.  I didn’t exactly follow this method when I set my goal to have my project finished by Thanksgiving.  I was purely optimistic and didn’t double.  This last month has been so busy that I haven’t even touched my project since before Thanksgiving.  Luckily, this is just a personal project and I don’t have an angry client breathing down my neck.

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