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Posted on Counting The Cost: Estimating Questions

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#1 posted 01-29-2007 01:19 AM

Hey Marc,

I haven’t done much estimating on woodworking projects, but I have worked as a project manager in an environment where we quoted for work we hadn’t done before. One of my co-workers at that job told me how he estimated project times (a method that was uncanny in accuracy and strangely similar to your wife’s method). His formula: (x*2)+2 days where x is the time you think the project should take. So a four day project would be 10 days for completion and a 2 month project was 4 months 2 days. This method worked for him, and whenever you are working a project you haven’t done before I’ll bet it will work for you… And if it takes you less time, you can always deliver early and/or lower the final bill. That won’t ever make a customer angry…

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