A Quick Quora Quest

The Coastline of Atlantis

How Long Was The Coast of Atlantis?

I had to test posting this here directly from Quora . . . because it’s there (here) and I could . . . and it worked!

OK, so I’m not a Software Engineer. Heck, I’m not even an Engineer, but I did sleep in a Holiday Inn a few times; plus, I worked with Rocket Scientist, Engineers, and Mechanics for over two decades, so I know a little bit about the animal. I also worked in Project Management, including some software development and IT architecture efforts.

This is a really good – and entertaining – analogy of the problem posed in the question. Make sure you read the comments as well, because there are some add-ons that extend the analogy to include other issues not raised directly by the author of the answer. There are 80 answers to the question, but read the top one; the one that got well over 3500 votes. Read the others as well if you want to. Far be it from me to tell you what to do. While you’re at it, if you haven’t been to or heard of Quora before, you might want to check it out.

Engineering Management: Why are software development task estimations regularly off by a factor of 2-3? 80 answers on Quora

Why are software development task estimations regularly off by a factor of 2-3?

Photo shamelessly stolen from Professor Tomasz Zastawniak

About Rick Ladd

Since my retirement from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in 2010, I have spent quite a bit of energy on developing work as a social media marketer for small business, a business manager for an AI software development firm, and as an editor/proofreader for a number of business books and a couple of novels, as well as a two-year return engagement at Rocketdyne from 2015 to 2017. I have decided to stop actively pursuing business in these fields and am now positioning myself to be a writer. I have done quite a bit of writing over the years, but I’ve never really attempted to make any money at it; at least not specifically. I’m starting out with a couple of memoirs and, currently, I’m studying the craft, creating a detailed outline and timeline, and honing my skills as a storyteller. Pretty sure I’ll be writing some fiction as well. View all posts by Rick Ladd

2 responses to “A Quick Quora Quest

  • PM Hut

    Hi Rick,

    That Quora answer is spot on. It’s really, really funny! He just estimated the time it takes to get them there, he didn’t calculate in any risks/obstacles, etc…

    He did really spend a lot of time answering, and preparing all these pictures!

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: