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Jess Lee (she/her)

Mature engineers do not shy away from making estimates, and are always trying to get better at it.

That really stuck out to me because I've met many engineers who roll their eyes at estimation and avoid it at all costs.

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Alastair Gould

That's because getting better at it means learning stuff like story points, or the cone of uncertainty.

Having a single date deadline is known to be basically impossible by most of literature out there. Yet business don't want estimates with probabilities, they want date deadlines.

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Ben Halpern

This is about me isn't it? 😱

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Jess Lee (she/her)

HAHAHAH I wrote that before our conversation.

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Petr Gladkikh

Because estimates are just educated guesses and overwhelming fraction of people who want to know estimates do not understand that. Only way to know exact finish date is to complete project or task first.

Estimates are normally heard as promise to do this by that deadline even if you never say this. There are even guides how to word that appropriately to reduce chances of being misunderstood. So for most people it is easier to simply avoid giving estimates at all.