How to estimate effort
Every developer knows the challenge of estimating effort for development code. Very few like to do it. Why is estimating so unpopular, why is it even necessary, and what should you look for?
Why estimate effort?
The question of why it's necessary to estimate effort at all is easy to answer. Knowing how long a task is expected to take is essential for planning who in a team can do what and when. Even across team boundaries, a certain amount of time planning is essential; after all, teams have to be coordinated and resources have to be procured. In addition, other departments such as marketing also have an interest in being involved in planning at an early stage.