Evidence-based Scheduling

  • Posted on: 30 October 2007
  • By: agittins

Joel Spolsky expands on the Evidence-based Scheduling method that he uses and has mentioned in passing a number of times.

It sounds pretty interesting, but adopting it would mean

  • tracking my time, and being alarmed at how poorly I actually utilise it,
  • revisiting estimates, and getting depressed at how appalling I am at estimating,
  • sinking into an even deeper depression upon realising that I have become exactly the sort of bean-counter i have always despised,
  • ... err, profit, i guess.


"Software developers don't really like to make schedules. Usually, they try to get away without one. "It'll be done when it's done!" they say, expecting that such a brave, funny zinger will reduce their boss to a fit of giggles, and in the ensuing joviality, the schedule will be forgotten."

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