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Traveling across the 'net as part of this commentluv contest, I ran across this really interesting site that went around to different cities asking 50 random people on the street:What's your wish for today?

My parents came out for the weekend, which means (among other things) free babysitting. That, in turn, means movies! My wife and I saw two movies in a row tonight: GreenReview: Green Lantern / Super 8 Double Feature!

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[caption id="attachment_941" align="aligncenter" width="604" caption="The Enterprise leaving the station"][/caption] Reviewing Star Trek (2009) is a bit of a difficult task. There is so much that has gone before, both good andReview: Star Trek

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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