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Things you wish you shared with your team before they agreed on that deadline

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Estimating time is like packing for a long holiday. No matter how hard you try, you always feel like you forgot something important.

We all know how hard it is to estimate time and amount of work needed to complete a project. We’ve all been there - our teams missed deadlines, and not because they didn’t work hard enough.

With experience we get better in estimating, but most often we need to rely on our team to do that. Let’s explore some factors that may not be obvious to developers. We’ll talk about how much we really work during a month, why research takes more than anyone expects and how Chinese New Year may destroy your plans.

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Things you wish you shared with your team before they agreed on that deadline

  1. 1. Things you wish you shared with your team before they agreed on that deadline Dominika Rogala Vector Technologies @RogalaDominika
  2. 2. 3 things your team needs to know before they agree on a deadline @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  3. 3. @RogalaDominika #LeadDev 1. How many days are there in a year?
  4. 4. UK 2017: 252 working days YEAR = 8 months work + holidays + weekends @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  5. 5. @RogalaDominika #LeadDev Work takes a week… Junior dev: I have 7 days! Experienced dev: I have 5 days! Truly: ...
  6. 6. YEAR < 250 days MONTH < 20 days WEEK < 5 days @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  7. 7. 1. We work much less than we think @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  8. 8. 2. Traps that kill our estimations @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  9. 9. @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  10. 10. “In the meantime” actually takes time. @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  11. 11. tomorrow noun A mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation and achievement is stored. @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  12. 12. meantime noun A mystical land where 99% of all human focus is stored. @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  13. 13. Things we can’t predict @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  14. 14. @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  15. 15. Other traps: Research Documentation Outsourcing Context-switching… … what’s your trap? @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  16. 16. 2. Tell your team about traps that kill estimations. @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  17. 17. 3. Priorities @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  18. 18. Why do we always meet for Christmas Dinner on time but miss other deadlines? @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  19. 19. @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  20. 20. @RogalaDominika #LeadDev Christmas Dinner Priority: Time
  21. 21. What are your priorities? Product quality? User experience? Money? Does your team know? @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  22. 22. Everyone has a default priority that they will use if no other is clearly defined. @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  23. 23. 3. Make sure your team is aligned before estimating. @RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  24. 24. Time. Traps. Priorities.@RogalaDominika #LeadDev
  25. 25. If you want your team to agree on deadlines they will meet make sure they know what you know. @RogalaDominika #LeadDev

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