Project Estimates: Predicting the Unpredictable With Johanna Rothman

A project, by definition, creates something new, something that wasn’t there before.

So it is very natural – and sometimes mandatory – that you are able to estimate how long it is going to take to complete, how long it’s going to cost, and other estimates.

The problem is, as you may imagine, that it is impossible to estimate those numbers with precision. After all, this has never been done before!

The topic of estimates in project management is a hot one, and there are many different approaches to it.

To discuss her take on project estimates, I bring back to the PM for the Masses podcast my friend Johanna Rothman, to talk about estimates and her new book, Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Cost and Schedules. 

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Project Estimates with Johanna Rothman

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Johanna Rothman

Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” helps organizational leaders see problems and risks in their product development. She helps them recognize potential risks, seize opportunities, and remove impediments.

Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. She is the current agileconnection.com technical editor. Johanna is the author of these books:

She is writing a book about agile and lean program management. She writes columns for Stickyminds.com and projectmanagment.com, and writes two blogs on her web site, jrothman.com, as well as a blog on createadaptablelife.com.

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  • TalkBack2U

    I like doing project estimation the old fashioned way: Build a work breakdown structure and add duration estimates using appropriate Subject Matter Expert inputs. Lay this across the the working calendar of the resources’ availability and voila. You then have a reasonable estimate of the target dates.

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