Chapter Corner

Erle Howard

Avoid Costly Mistakes

Often, a veteran estimator and instructor – a guy like me – will be asked for “rules of thumb” for estimators. I guess I should be flattered that people think I know something about estimating because of my age and experience. Here’s the truth: I learn something new about my profession every day, from almost every student I train.

More truth: The advent of computerized estimating has been a mixed blessing for most of us. What follows is a partial answer to that frequent "rules of thumb" request.