Effectively Managing a Task Queue in Basecamp

Not every project I manage is a start-to-finish standalone endeavor. Some are ongoing support agreements in which my team provides engineering and consulting for our clients. These can range from long-term planned work to one-off short-term requests. But, regardless of the type of work, I instill the same workflow to keep things moving along appropriately throughout the life of the request.

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How to Estimate a Project

Let’s say you’ve just been given a project, and it’s a big’un. You can safely assume this will be dozens and dozens of hours, maybe hundreds, maybe thousands. And you, as a project manager, are being asked to provide a timeline, a deadline, and a budget for the work.

Time for some prognostication, right? Wrong. Nostradamus was not a project manager, so don’t look to fortune tellers and prophecy-fronting oracles to provide professional mentorship. Rather, you need to base your work on reliable actuals, and you get those by estimation.

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