Time estimation is the process of predicting how long a task, project, or activity will take to complete. It is a specialized skill that requires the ability to break down tasks and identify potential obstacles and risks that may impact the timeline. Accurate time estimation is critical for effective project management, scheduling, and budgeting, as well as for maintaining client and stakeholder expectations. Effective time estimators are often experienced professionals, who have developed a keen understanding of the factors that can affect project timelines and are skilled at using a variety of techniques and methodologies to reach accurate conclusions.
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