Monday, October 8, 2007

Intriguifying: Possible Software Development Classic

The average programming manager would prefer that a project be estimated at twelve months and take twelve than the same project be estimated at six months and take nine. This is an area where psychological study could be rewarding, but there are indications from other situations that it is not the mean length of estimated time that annoys people, but, rather, the standard deviation in actual time taken.

The Psychology of Computer Programming, by Gerald Weinberg. First published in 1971.

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