What is the "Step-on-it" factor?

Item 17 in the LJ Index of the July 2009 issue quotes an average "Step-on-it" factor.

Maybe I should be put out to pasture but I've never heard of a "Step-on-it" factor.

A Multiplier

Mitch Frazier's picture

Say a programmer figures it's gonna take 2 weeks to do some task. Since programmers always underestimate the time required to accomplish something, to arrive at a more realistic estimate, you "step-on-it" (the original estimate). In this case you multiply it by some factor.

Mitch Frazier is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal.

That makes sense

ceolmor's picture

Thanks. Now I know what to call it!