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New Programmer's Survival Manual by Joshua D. Carter

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Tip 27Get with the Project
White Belt[​​White Belt] Before you write a line of code, someone will be asking you how long it’ll take.

“Are we there yet?”

On the family road trip, your dad may have quipped that it’s the journey, not the destination, that you should focus on. That’s not the case for your project manager.

It turns out there’s a lot of ways to answer that question. Software projects are notoriously hard to estimate, and the industry moves so fast that a product’s specification rarely stays the same for even a month—this is why many teams have given up on writing specs. So, the answer to “Are we there yet?” is often something between “No” and ...

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