Posts Tagged: story points

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

Agile? That’s just for hippies and beatniks!

 People who discover agile, sometimes get this kind of 1st impression: Agile, that’s just for hippies and beatniks! We’re running a serious business here! Sure, these agile guys are doing lots of strange things, but does that mean they

Agile? That’s just for hippies and beatniks!

 People who discover agile, sometimes get this kind of 1st impression: Agile, that’s just for hippies and beatniks! We’re running a serious business here! Sure, these agile guys are doing lots of strange things, but does that mean they

Does the sprint velocity only includes finished user stories?

When evaluating a sprint, the sum of all user stories that are DONE, give us our sprint velocity.  Now, what if one user story didn’t make it to done, but is finished for 90%? Do we add 90% of the

Does the sprint velocity only includes finished user stories?

When evaluating a sprint, the sum of all user stories that are DONE, give us our sprint velocity.  Now, what if one user story didn’t make it to done, but is finished for 90%? Do we add 90% of the

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

Estimating a city trip

Last weekend, I went to visit the city of Paris. With so many things to see and so little time, we decided to make a prioritized list of places to visit. Since this was my very first visit to Paris,

Estimating a city trip

Last weekend, I went to visit the city of Paris. With so many things to see and so little time, we decided to make a prioritized list of places to visit. Since this was my very first visit to Paris,