Paul Glen: Truth and project time estimates

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Geeks are devoted to Truth, with a capital T. The question 'When will it be done?' feels like an invitation to lie.

"When will this be done?"

Geeks hate this question. It's nearly impossible to answer. Our experience has shown us that no one can really know when a project will be done until it's done.

But non-geeks need to know. They have to plan for everything from revenue to hiring to marketing to production, and the timing of the availability of the technology is a critical constraint.

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