July 25, 2019

Estimation and cadence


The first time you did something like this, you pretty much made it up as you went along. Over time, as you worked through these situations again, you spent more and more time on safe ground. To a casual observer, it looked like you knew what you were doing. Shockingly, considering where you started on the arc, an inside observer would agree.

Blowing away the specifics, what you really learned through iteration and paying attention … estimation and cadence.

You learned how to look at a situation and take a pretty good swing at how much work was involved and the steps you need to take along the way. The other thing, in the moment, to prioritise – so you could fit this piece of work along all your other commitments.

Your next job: help your work this stuff out too.

Skippy strategy: It takes time to work out how to manage time.