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Ovid (2709)

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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

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Wednesday June 02, 2004
09:16 AM

How many jellybeans will that take?

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Every week, our team starts out by going through tasks, announcing which we didn't get done last week (if any) and bidding on the new tasks which need to get done. Theoretically, each person can get 12 "jellybeans" of work done per week. A couple of weeks ago I was caught off guard because one of the tasks wasn't described completely and, as a result, took much longer than expected.

The karma police noticed. Yesterday, one of my tasks turned out to be much smaller in scope than was expected and I got almost half a week's work done in one day. Life is good.

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  • You remind me that I have to take my estimation much more seriously - damn I miss being in a team :-/

    • With my former company, my estimates were (usually) within plus or minus 10% of the actual time the task took. Of course, I also broke everything down into manageable tasks and estimated those one by one. I also knew the system cold.

      With my current job, I'm glad the estimates are in "jellybeans" because I don't know the system well enough to provide dead accurate estimates -- not to mention the fact that we don't really have the luxury to sit down and break everything into manageable, estimable pieces.