That sounds like a piece of cake. We can have that done in no-time!

It’s easy to underestimate how hard things are. As a programmer, I take my best estimate for a project and multiply it by three. My boss multiplies that again by three before he passes it on. I don’t know what happens after that, but somewhere down the line it becomes realistic.

Being overly optimistic about how hard things are going to be is just part of starting new projects for me. If it were not for this super powered optimism, I doubt I would have started many projects that I have done. I’m just not that brave.

In other words sometimes I’m stupid enough to think a big project will be easy to finish when otherwise I wouldn’t be brave enough to step out and commit to it … and honestly it has worked out pretty well for me. It also helps that I’m often too stupid to know when to quit :)

Anyway, sometimes your so-called weaknesses (in this case poor project estimation) can become your greatest assets. It’s just a matter of how you look at it. Don’t be too quick to give those up.

~The HabitGrams Team


Note: This site and blog have had a reboot. This post is from our original blog but we are now building everything again from the beginning. We include this post for posterity(ha!), but our current posts really start at: The origin story of Habitgrams