and that's not even getting into the financial and executive parts of things
Yeah, and tell us, what is the track record of the financial and executive teams ability to prognosticate?
Yes, you need to be able to estimate to run the business.
But let's not pretend the average CEO, sales wanker, or marketing idiot has ANY better track record at making guesses about the future. In fact, in my experience, they're overly optimistic, not founded in anything real, and mostly pulled out of their ass of based on what Gartner tells them.
We can give you an estimate, but people have to understand that an estimate inherently carries uncertainty, and that they're equally inept over the long run of estimating the parts they're responsible for.
I've lost track of the times I've rolled by eyes when a CEO tells us what six months down the road will be
We're not dissociated from reality
But don't act for a minute like our estimates carry any more risk than those bullshit sales figures the idiots at the top are making.