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Discussion on: ⏰ How to nail time estimations

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Carmen Chung Author

Haha I've also heard some devs say "How long is a piece of string?" when asked how long something is going to take. Debugging is such a tricky one, because like you said, it's so hard to estimate when you're not sure what the issue is (and if you were sure, you probably wouldn't be debugging!).

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Gabor Szabo

I don't understand this "How long is a piece of string?" but reading it, it occured to me that if I don't have a map and I stand at one end of the road then in order to estimate how long it is, or how long it will take me to walk to the other end, I actually have to walk to the other end.

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Carmen Chung Author

Yeah, "how long is a piece of string" is a pretty bizarre English saying in my opinion! There's a pretty interesting account on the etymology of the phrase here: english.stackexchange.com/question...

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Alex Holberg

That's a good one too. I'll totally start using it 😆

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Dave

I said "How long is a piece of string" at least 5 times today.

I also said "what you want to achieve is not feasible, go back to the drawing board" at least twice.