I don’t know if this is the proper place for this question, but here goes.
I often find myself in a situation where stakeholders ask how much time remains on a given technical task. The answer to this question can sometimes be difficult to answer when you are working in a new field or on some troubling task that keeps throwing problems at you. Typically I cannot say how many issues remain, because when I solve one problem, the next problem reveals itself, obscured by the first one. So my question is if there is an established term for these chained problems that prohibit you from having a total picture until you have worked your way through all the problems. I want to be able to articulate this short and precisely which you can see I’m obviously having trouble doing 😂