Estimating effort is something we collectively struggle with in hardware development considering building the project plan is an exercise that everyone is involved in. Here’s the next few data points from our project planning survey that may have you wondering why we’re so wrong when it comes to estimating and project planning.
More than 85% of those surveyed said they played an active roll in project planning. Encouraging.
It is very clear that hardware and embedded software developers are not good at estimating effort; not for individual items in the plan, not for the work required as individuals, not for the work required for the project as a whole. We do a poor job of all of the above.
Seems project planning is an exercise we’re all involved in. This is a good sign. The results of our collective effort though are less than impressive.
Q. Your turn. What do these data tell you about our project planning practices? Why are we way off when it comes to estimating effort?