Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit (banazir) wrote,
Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit

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Software Engineering: Padding the Estimate

What do you consider a reasonable percentage to pad a delivery time estimate by, for software engineering projects? How about a budget estimate?

If your answer is "it depends", what does it depend on, in your view?

I used to tell my students to pad a time estimate by at least 30% when giving me an estimate, and I regularly tolerate padding by 50%. When it gets close to 100%, though, I find that the expectations become unreasonably lowered.

Tags: programming, software engineering

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