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Product Development: Your Engineering Estimates Are Wrong — But They Are Not Useless

Reduce uncertainty in product delivery expectations.

Expert: Clifton Gilley

A critical component of the product management and development process is obtaining estimates from the engineering and development teams who will be bringing the envisioned solution to life. Unfortunately, far too many organizations expect these teams to provide high-quality, specific estimates of the effort and time required too early in the process.

As a result of multiple variables, such estimates are rarely, if ever, accurate. Instead, product managers should manage stakeholder expectations related to such estimates and work closely with their engineering and development teams throughout the process. 

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