Category Archives for Estimation

Why not use velocity to compare teams?

velocity agile compare teams

So if you read my last post, you might be wondering, why not use velocity to compare teams? Some people do this, some people don’t. The agile software development community is pretty united in their recommendation here though. There are a number of problems with using velocity that way. So why not use velocity to […]

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Uncertainty of benefits versus costs

benefits vs costs

I think a lot about estimation. I used to do a lot of estimation with my teams. When the organisation I’m currently working for started doing agile, we did loads of estimation. We were constantly being asked for estimates. High-level estimates, low-level estimates, feature level estimates, story level estimates. We would spend a lot of […]

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Why aren’t story points a unit of time?

Continuing on the theme of estimation, a common question that comes up is “so are story points a unit of time?”, usually followed a few seconds later by “Why not?”. People seem to want the abstract “story points” to become hours, days, or similar. The consensus in the Agile community, which I agree with (though […]

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