THAT was the formula I was LOOKING for...!  (And now I can quadruple my
billing rate...;-)

I would suggest one small modification.  In my experience, if you're talking
platform conversions:  Multiply the previously calculated estimate by the
number of people involved in the project *AND/OR* number of new programming
paradigms that need to be learned.


| -----Original Message-----
| From:
| []On Behalf Of Schenck, Don
| Sent: Friday, December 21, 2001 8:20 AM
| To: ''
| Subject: RE: [WEB400] Who's doing Web work on iSeries? (was: ASP on
| AS/400 Apache)
| Nathan forgot to use the "IT-to-Real World" conversion formula.
| Here it is:
| Double the time number, and convert the unit of measure to the
| next highest.
| Some examples:
| Estimate "Two weeks" becomes "Four Months".
| "Six months" becomes "12 quarters (three years)".
| This is amazingly effective.
| I charge clients $3,000 per day to do this estimating stuff. I ask the
| programmers, then apply the above formula. I'm giving to you for free? Why
| ... because ... oh ... wait ... never mind. I'm confusing myself
| with those
| "No Money Down" infomercials.
| <laugh>

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