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There is nothing more perfect than the punch line of this Dilbert strip. Who among us cannot relate? I actually considered making that my new theme on this site. There areWhat futility doesn't feel like

Well, here's my first post of 2007. I'm going to start off with a gripe. To paraphrase Peter, Paul, and Mary: "Where has all the QA gone?" Quality Assurance is an essentialQA - Quality Assurance or Questionable Assurance?

Two years ago we caught my then 2-year old daughter slathering herself (and the rug, and the covers, and the bed) with Desitin cream. My resulting distress was recorded inWhat is it with this kid?

Those who know me may assume my own daughter can also do this. She can't. Yet. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/EBM854BTGL0" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] Smart kid.  :)Star Wars: A Cute Hope

In my last post I asked for some help coming up with films for my annual New Years Eve triple feature. I got some great responses (though very few actuallyReview: New Years Eve triple feature

Finding Neverland wasn't boisterous, or exhuberantly full of wonder. It was, if anything, understated and simple in its execution. Despite the drama of a crumbling marriage, oppression, depression, and death,Review: Finding Neverland

In the 7 day challenge, today’s topic is: Share a photo I took this week and tell you about it. This is actually getting out of hand. It's a little embarrassing. [caption id="attachment_1463"What I see every day - 7 day challenge

Facebook is a place where absolutely nothing of importance happens. But you do get to see some funny, or at least interesting, posts from time to time. Here are someFound on Facebook

Abyss & Apex : Fourth Quarter 2007: Wikihistory Okay, if you've ever participated in an online forum or newsgroup, you've gotta read this mock-forum discussion of the International Association of TimeForum update on time traveling interference with Hitler

The ergonomics guys at work are gonna love me for posting this (if they ever hear about it). Dumb Little Man posted an article about fixing your posture to improve yourPosture - it's not just for prep schools

March was a weird month. I actually got outside and did exercise. That's how weird it was. Doesn't sound weird to you? Talk to my doctor. (Actually, if you do talkMarch out

This may be the first meme I've done on this blog. I've done a couple on Facebook, but none here that I can remember. I caught this one over atHow I've wasted my life

If you thought he was gone, you weren't paying attention. He's back! He's opinionated! He's Australian! He's spent more time thinking about pop culture than is probably healthy! And that last bitTIDBABSH 2: Part 2: Return of The Australian

Slice of Scifi - Science Fiction TV & Movie News, Interviews & more » Failed Aquaman Tries On Green Arrow and The CW Network Announces Fall Premiere Schedule Smallville now hasSmallville: Green is in this year

When I went to college, I hung out with a bunch of music majors. I also hung out with a bunch of geeks. Sometimes those were the same people. IDrinking games for geeky music majors - Tuesday TubeWatch

Course development estimation

I just found an interesting review of estimation strategies for creating e-Learning courses.

Pete Blair has graciously posted a few free resources that could come in handy, one of which is his estimation “course” and tool (Design and Development Time Estimator). Unfortunately, the final slider in the tool doesn’t seem to effect the estimate, but it at least provides a framework for estimating for those in need. The “course” portion also reviews at a high-level 5 different estimating strategies.

My favorite thing, though, was this quote reminding people that estimation is just that: estimation. It’s not exact, so you shouldn’t “bet the farm,” no matter how good the results may look:

It’s like measuring with a micrometer, marking with chalk, and then cutting with the flat side of a double-bitted ax!

The course also provides a hint to look for more detailed coverage of estimating options by Rick Humphress (Google link – see top result for Is E-Learning Worth It? Part 2). The article here provides much more depth.

[tags]e-learning, estimating, projects, tools[/tags]

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