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The Math behind Project Scheduling, Bug Tracking, and Triage | USENIX
Many projects have poorly defined (and often overridden) priorities, hopelessly optimistic schedules, and overflowing bug trackers that are occasionally purged out of frustration in a mysterious process called "bug bankruptcy." But a few projects seem to get everything right. What's the difference? Avery collected the best advice from the best-running teams at Google, then tried to break down why that advice works—using math, psychology, an ad-hoc engineer simulator (SimSWE), and pages torn out of Agile Project Management textbooks.

We'll answer questions like:

• Why are my estimates always too optimistic, no matter how pessimistic I make them?
• How many engineers have to come to the project planning meetings?
• Why do people work on tasks that aren't on the schedule?
• What do I do when new bugs are filed faster than I can fix them?
• Should I make one release with two features or two releases with one new feature each?
• If my bug tracker is already a hopeless mess, how can I clean it up without going crazy or declaring bankruptcy?
project_management  software  estimation  agile  kanban  bug_tracking  bestpractices  is:video 
5 days ago by cdzombak
Estimating project costs? If statements should cost $10,000 each • Dave Rupert
Dave Rupert:
<p>“Whoa, whoa, whoa, that would never work” I hear you say. But there’s never been an easier way to convey the scope and cost of a project than if-statement based billing. What is an if-statement? An if-statement is the most essential unit of business logic. A small piece of logic that will linger in your codebase for the life of the entire project. Larger software applications have more business logic, thus are more expensive. We can use if-statements as a proxy for complexity and bill accordingly. At the end of the day developers can count up the number of if-statements and invoice the corresponding cost centers.

What about small projects, you say? Well, the beauty of this is something simple like a blog is actually free! Free website? Yes, please.

But let’s say your app has a logged-in or logged-out state, well, that’s at least 2 if-statements. Starting price: $20,000. Never before has it been this easy to price and scope out complex stateful apps!

Do you build Component Systems? Simple static components are free. But most components increase their cost due to the The Nine States of Design. Each component likely has a mix of “none”, “one”, “some”, “too many”, “error”, and “done” states. That’s a lot of logic and use cases packed into a little module, so it’s gonna cost ya. But you’ll rest assured that you’ve covered all your bases as well as billed appropriately.

Need an if-statement with 2 conditionals? Look, I’m not a scam artist so I’ll give you the second conditional at half-price. But if it gets any more complex than that and we <a href="https://twitter.com/davatron5000/status/1044698430319267841>have to build a big juicy Karnaugh Map</a>, that gets into bitwise operators (which are generally a terrible idea in JavaScript) and will double the cost per switch case.</p>

This is both hilarious and yet also true.
Software  programming  estimation  project 
8 days ago by charlesarthur
If Statements Should Cost $10,000 Each
An exciting new thought technology for software project estimation
fridayfrontend  javascript  conditionals  estimation  humor 
19 days ago by spaceninja

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