Or maybe i'm not the only one who's risking money on it ? :)
Why not give them a date? If you say, Q1, and they ask for something more specific, tell them "March 31". If you get done before then, you "shipped early".
Please. You can tell me. I won't tell anyone
OK you're all a bunch of wise guys! :-)
Craig: I could turn that around. If I tell you Q1, why not just assume March 31 until you hear otherwise?
Worst case, if we do have to change the date, going from Q1 to Q2 is a lot better than telling people "march 31st" and then telling them "Actually no - June 30th". The more specific the date is, the more expectations people tie onto the date, regardless of how far in advance it is.