“Almost every manager I know wants to know when a project will be done” says Johanna Rothman at the beginning of this series of blog posts that deal with project schedule and budget estimation. The answer is that you don’t have to gamble to provide estimates to managers. You do...
Your team has adopted the relative story point estimation and you are now ready to jump into your first planning poker session. Where do you start? What is a 1-point story? What is a 3-point story? What is a 13-point story? Your team is looking to you and this process...
Significant growth due to estimation inaccuracy can wreak havoc on a team attempting to stay within cost and schedule while executing its established plan. This article discusses how a software team that uses both proxy-based and size-based estimates is able to accurately plan, launch, and execute their project on schedule.
A project scope is about the size of it and how much work it contains. This article give some hints on how to start getting your arms around all the work required, defining and organizing scope.
In this blog post, Ramiro Rinaudo discusses the value of estimation in project management.
Planning theater is when we spend time pretending to plan
An introduction to the software estimation process aimed at project managers, developers and customers who want to get a better understanding of the basics this subject, and avoid to make their projects a death march one.
This blog post is about how to improve software project estimations by breaking tasks into sizes no larger than one productive day.