Monday, 14 November 2011

Estimating Software Work from Transitions: Don't Fill In Your Time Sheets!

Last week I was reminded of a Classic Problem in software project management, when our management team told us that they wanted us to start filling in time sheets again. This was almost universally met with derision and a very obvious intention to completely ignore the request. Not exactly polite, but this is a peek at a pretty standard problem in our industry.

Now, rather than get into why software developers don't want to fill in time sheets, I'll instead focus on what we want out of it as project managers, and how (if possible) we can make the process of gathering the information easier, less of a bind, and perhaps even completely invisible.