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The 3x Rule

Projects take much longer than you would expect. Very much longer. There is a famous ``3x rule'' which is very close to the actual time projects take for each phase. Assume that you start a project and get it to work. Call this effort 1 unit. Assume it took you a month. How long will other parts of the effort take?

1*3 = 3 units: to give the project to your co-worker
You have do clean your project up, put it somewhere online, and give access to it. You need a simple ``cheat sheet'' of what to type to start it, stop it, and do a simple example. You need to answer the endless little support questions.

(Eclps story)


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