Category Archives: Estimating

Forget about poker planning

Explaining agile estimating and planning is the hardest part when teaching a class. That’s because people freak out when they hear about story points and relative estimations. Why wouldn’t they? If you’ve ever done a project before in your life,

Forget about poker planning

Explaining agile estimating and planning is the hardest part when teaching a class. That’s because people freak out when they hear about story points and relative estimations. Why wouldn’t they? If you’ve ever done a project before in your life,

Variation in software estimation

Last week I visited Warsaw, Poland for the first edition of Agile By Example. The organization did a great job setting up this conference.  For instance, they opened a call for solutions on their website, where people could list the

Variation in software estimation

Last week I visited Warsaw, Poland for the first edition of Agile By Example. The organization did a great job setting up this conference.  For instance, they opened a call for solutions on their website, where people could list the

Your management doesn’t care about speed!

That’s right, I’ve said it.  Your management doesn’t care about development speed. Wait a minute!  Didn’t they try to push our limits all these years?  Trying to get us to do more work in less time? True, but let’s take

Your management doesn’t care about speed!

That’s right, I’ve said it.  Your management doesn’t care about development speed. Wait a minute!  Didn’t they try to push our limits all these years?  Trying to get us to do more work in less time? True, but let’s take

Holiday velocity

An agile team is known by its capability to plan as a team. The team commits to a certain amount of features to be realized within a certain amount of time. They often use historical data to determine how much

Holiday velocity

An agile team is known by its capability to plan as a team. The team commits to a certain amount of features to be realized within a certain amount of time. They often use historical data to determine how much

No more time based estimates

We recently switched from a mix of velocity and timebased estimations to pure velocity based planning. How did we work in the past? The product owner selects a number of user stories, which are sorted by priority. She uses the

No more time based estimates

We recently switched from a mix of velocity and timebased estimations to pure velocity based planning. How did we work in the past? The product owner selects a number of user stories, which are sorted by priority. She uses the