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Discussion on: Why developers are SO sh*t at estimating!

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Jason C. McDonald

The planning fallacy only occurs when planning for our own tasks, interestingly, us humans take a much more pessimistic approach when estimating for other people.

Not always. I've known a number of cases where bosses, clients, or even co-workers set unrealistic deadlines for others. (You even mentioned a few such cases.)

By the way, I've written about this phenomenon as well, and broken it down into several root causes and how to fix them.

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Luke Garrigan Author

Yeah of course, as I mentioned with Elon Musk setting unrealistic deadlines!

What I meant is that if someone from a 3rd party standpoint were to make an honest estimation of time for a particular person to do a task it would likely be more pessimistic.