Posts Tagged "estimation"

The problem with estimates part 2 – all cost, no value

Sep 22 2014

In a previous post I talked about the issues associated with the kind of single-point estimates devoid of uncertainty information used by…

The problem with estimates part 1 – uncertainty

Sep 18 2014

Most software people who have ever had to produce an estimate will tell you that estimation is extremely problematic: Estimates are woefully…

Fund success through lots of small investments not from one big estimate

Aug 17 2012

If you have to estimate at least know why you’re estimating and do it appropriately so that it’s in some way useful…

Using Spikes

Nov 01 2011

The XP practice of ‘spiking’ has been around for a while but there isn’t a whole lot written about it. Why Spike?…

If you’re estimating, know why you’re estimating

Aug 01 2010

Estimates are lies and estimating is waste. That doesn’t necessarily mean it can’t sometimes be useful. It’s still waste but used at…

How we use stories

Nov 01 2009

All our work items, both user-focused and technical, are stories framed in the context of a user interacting with the product. Each…

Pomodoro galore

May 01 2009

Almost everything for us is now a pomodoro. Some time ago we replaced the per-iteration planning game with on-demand planning pomodoros and…

Playing with stuff

Jan 01 2008

For the last 8 weeks we’ve been using Jeff Patton‘s techniques for using goals and user stories in the product backlog to…

XPDAY7: Embrace uncertainty

Nov 01 2007

In his keynote, Jeff Patton reminded us to embrace uncertainty and asked if we’ve forgotten the meaning of iteration. Pascal has written about the keynote and has included some photos. Kerry Buckley also has…

Treat estimates as solution budget

Oct 01 2007

Jeff Patton gives us some good advice about how we view our estimates: Treat estimates as a budget for some possible solution…

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