(n.) The defacto gold star
standard for delivering products and/or services within
a projected timeframe. Derived from the original Star Trek
Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott consistently made the seemingly impossible happen just
in time to save
the crew of the Enterprise
The premise is simple:
1) Caluculate average required time
for completion of given task.
of task, add 25-50% additional time
to original estimate.
and commit to inflated time
estimate with superiors, clients, etc.
4) Under optimal conditions
the task is completed closer to the original time
estimate vs. the inflated delivery time
expected by those
The following situation is a simulation of the Scotty Principle in practice.
Kirk: "The ship seems sluggish
today. When was the last
time you did a tune-up on the warp drive?"
Scotty: "Aye, sir. She's due. Last
maintenance was 56 days ago."
Kirk: (light chuckle) "Well, what are you waiting for? An ambush
from cloaked Romulans?"
Scotty: "I'll need to check how much dilithium we have in supply, but she'll be better than new in no time."
Kirk: "And that
Scotty: "Six hours
--- four hours
Scotty: "All done, sir. Care
to test her out?"
--- Enterprise taken rapidly
to warp 3, does
a few doughnuts, comes to a smooth stop ---
Kirk: "Scotty, there's no finer engineer
in this quadrant!"