Articles by Marc Gauthier
- Deadlines And Estimates In Startups
Estimates and deadlines are often controversial in startups, with developers disliking them. However, estimates are simply educated guesses that help communicate the difficulty of a task. They are not commitments or deadlines. Real deadlines arise from external factors while artificial deadlines create stress without value. Estimates can help identify complex issues, find quick wins, and motivate developers, though they do require some time investment. If used properly, estimates and deadlines can improve communication and productivity instead of causing toxicity.