90% done for 90% of the time

IMG_7163Why is it that “90% done” (andits partner in crime – the ubiquitous “almost done!“) isthe progress report for virtually any project, over virtually allof its life-cycle?

Why has 90% become the fictional number of choice? Why notthe more conservative 80%, or the bolder 95% Given that it usuallyhas little correlation with reality, they’re just as real.

Projects should be reported as 87% done. Even when there’s theominous “we’ll solve that problem when we get to it” taskmaliciously eyeballing you from later in the project plan, or the”it doesn’t work and we have no clue why?” runtme reality,still say 87% with confidence and pride.