Software Estimating Resources

Herding Cats

This blog page is dedicated to the resources used to estimate software-intensive systems using traditional and agile development methods. COSMIC Software Estimation Approach,” Alain Abran, ICEAA Workshop, Portland Oregon, June 6?9, Estimating Probable System Cost,” Stephen A.

Scrum Master Responsibilities: What Does a Scrum Master Do?

Project Bliss

Are you thinking of taking on a Scrum Master role? Do you know what the Scrum Master responsibilities are? To make sure you’re ready to carry out Scrum Master responsibilities, ensure that you have a good understanding of what’s involved. The Scrum Master can help.

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Scrum Master vs Project Manager: What’s the Difference?

Project Bliss

You’ve also heard that teams are going Agile and that Scrum Master might be a good option. Or maybe you’re already a Project Manager, and you’re wondering if a Scrum Master job might be a good move. Difference between a Project Manager and Scrum Master.

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Project Estimation: Master the Tools and Techniques

Online PM Courses

There are two reasons why Project Estimation is a big deal for project managers. And second, poor estimates are often a primary reason for a project cost or schedule over-run. What is Project Estimation? Why is Project Estimation so hard? The Estimation Knife Edge.

Agile Estimation A SoundNotes Tutorial

Leading Agile

Estimating work in Agile is something many people struggle to understand. Hint: “They’re called estimates, not exactimates for a reason.” ” There’s even a whole camp dedicated to the idea of not estimating work. For More on Agile Estimation.

Scrum for Newbies: How to Use Scrum to Tame Chaos

Wrike

More specifically, we chose to get our work done using a Scrum framework. How Scrum Helps With the Chaos. We’ve written about Scrum before. Scrum helped us manage that project and maintain my sanity as well. The Elements of Scrum. How to Make Scrum Work.

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How to Talk About Estimates

Herding Cats

What is an estimate? An estimate as a noun is an approximate calculation or judgment of the value, number, quantity, or extent of something. An estimate as a verb is to roughly calculate or judge the value, number, quantity, or extent of. Estimates.

Estimating is a Learned Skill

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Estimating is a learned skill, used for any purpose from every-day life to management of projects. When I left for the airport this morning to catch my flight to a customer site I estimated, given the conditions, how much time I need to get to my favorite parking spot at DIA. The same process for estimating is applied to multi-billion dollar projects we work. And the same process is applied to the Scrum development processes on those projects. . Do Estimators Learn?

Agile Project Management With Scrum or Kanban (2018 Guide)

PM Basics

Scrum or Kanban on its own is not an Agile Project Management approach. Scrum and Kanban are separate and self-sufficient frameworks. Main execution phase is done with Scrum. Without Agile Manifesto and marketing buzz around Scrum and Kanban – these are just frameworks.

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INVEST, Scrum and Enterprise IT

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In the presence of uncertainty, estimates is needed to make decisions. NoEstimates Decision Making Estimating Governance Management Planning Principles Product Management Project Management Requirements Strategy Systems Theory Technical Performance Measures

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Full Time Scrum Master experiment part 3 – Who’s doing the testing?

Growing Agile

I, as a full time tester, quit that to be the scrum master, right? I don’t recommend dropping your tester in favour of a scrum master, a tester is a vital part of the team and they have experience, training and knowledge that you can’t just spread over the team. Risk estimation. The post Full Time Scrum Master experiment part 3 – Who’s doing the testing? Guest Posts agile experiment scrum master team testing

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Basis of Estimating Software Development

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The estimating of software development is both straightforward and complex. When it is suggested that estimating is hard, of no value, and unnecessary, always ask what principle is used to support that claim? Here are some resources that will provide guidance to produce credible software development estimates, in both traditional and agile domains. Software Sizing and Estimating: Mk II FPA , Charles Symons, John Wiley & Sons, 1991.

Full Time Scrum Master experiment part 3 – Who’s doing the testing?

Growing Agile

I, as a full time tester, quit that to be the scrum master, right? I don’t recommend dropping your tester in favour of a scrum master, a tester is a vital part of the team and they have experience, training and knowledge that you can’t just spread over the team. Risk estimation. The post Full Time Scrum Master experiment part 3 – Who’s doing the testing? Guest Posts agile experiment scrum master team testing

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INVEST, Scrum and Enterprise IT

Herding Cats

In the presence of uncertainty, estimates is needed to make decisions. NoEstimates Decision Making Estimating Governance Management Planning Principles Product Management Project Management Requirements Strategy Systems Theory Technical Performance Measures

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Agile Estimating Methods and Impact on Project Development Performance Index

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The presentation " Quantifying the Impact of Agile Practices ," Larry MacCherone at the RallyOn 2013 Conference, presents some results on estimating impacts. Teams doing Full Scrum have 250% better Quality than teams doing No Estimating. How to Estimate Software Development.

Scrum Project Management

ActiveCollab

Scrum is a project management framework that helps small, close-knit teams develop complex products incrementally. Scrum focuses on how people work instead of what they do. Scrum relies agile principles and is the most popular agile methodology out there. What is Scrum.

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4 Fallacious Reasons to Estimate and Why Those Are Fallacious

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There's a recent post titled Four Fallacious Reasons to Estimate. It lists the usual suspects for why those spending the money think they don't have to estimate how much they plan to spend when they'll be done producing the value they've been assigned to produce for that expenditure.

The Origins of Scrum and Empirical Closed Loop Control

Herding Cats

Scrum is) more defined rather than empirical process. scrum, not agile. not as it was prior to scrum. Scrum is prescriptive and defined rather than empirical. No need to explain why OODA is the basis of Scrum, here's a much better post - OODA: The Mindset of Scrum. .

Scrum Project Management

ActiveCollab

Scrum is a project management framework that helps small, close-knit teams develop complex products incrementally. Scrum focuses on how people work instead of what they do. Scrum relies on agile principles and is the most popular agile methodology out there. What is Scrum.

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How to Estimate Any Software Problem

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ways to make decisions with No Estimates. can we make a decision in the presence of Uncertainty without making an estimate of the impact or outcome of that decision? What would be the evidence that we could make decisions in the presence of uncertanty without estimating the impacts and outcomes of those decisions? . The Myths of No Estimates and the busting of them is one purpose of this blog post. Before we start, let's look with the notion of estimation.

Closed Loop Control and Granularity of the Estimating Process

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The estimate of Desired (or even contractual ) schedule, cost, or technical performance of the software project. The granularity of these estimates determining the dynamic behavior of the system ‒ the software project. When we hear the question at what level of an agile project do we estimate – Vision, Theme, Release, Feature, Story, or even Task ‒ the first question is again ­. Herding Cats: The Origins of Scrum and Empirical Closed Loop Control.

Agile for Traditional Projects

The IIL Blog

The daily stand-up is used in Scrum, one of the most popular frameworks for implementing Agile. Take Agile and Scrum Fundamentals on-demand from IIL Register Today! Relative sizing/estimating. Introduction to Agile and Scrum – 2 hours on demand.

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How Agile and Scrum Changed the Way We Do Marketing

Function Point

but we needed something that created both flexibility and accountability – enter Agile mindset with Scrum methodology. Previous to Scrum and Agile. Making the Shift to Scrum. First off, we broke down our work into two-week sprints using a Scrum-type methodology. The points are meant to act as estimations to give accountability and an understanding of the complexity involved with each task. Here’s a few: Scrum Effort Estimation and Story Points.

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How Agile and Scrum Changed the Way We Do Marketing

Function Point

but we needed something that created both flexibility and accountability – enter Agile mindset with Scrum methodology. Previous to Scrum and Agile. Making the Shift to Scrum. First off, we broke down our work into two-week sprints using a Scrum-type methodology. The points are meant to act as estimations to give accountability and an understanding of the complexity involved with each task. Here’s a few: Scrum Effort Estimation and Story Points.

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Effectively Using Product Roadmaps for Agile

The IIL Blog

A good roadmap process helps teams manage expectations, facilitate decision making, and most importantly, estimate and deliver valuable solutions. Learn more about Betsy Kauffman’s Agile & Scrum conference presentation “Developing Predictable Agile Roadmaps” Learn More.

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How to Train a High Performing Team Using Scrum

ActiveCollab

The fact of SCRUM: It’s lightweight, easy to learn, but tough to master. To increase the efficiency of the process, and get the most out of the team, every Scrum Master has to inspect and adapt their approach constantly. Highly performing Scrum teams do not happen overnight.

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Scrum Team has stabilized- what next?

Stepping Into Project Management

Estimations - If in every sprint more than 20 percent of stories remain not done, along with other factors you might want to have a look at the way estimation is being done by the team. Bottom-line, under estimating doesn’t help as much as over estimating doesn't.

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Forecasting versus Estimating - are they Different or are they the Same

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One of the escape clauses of #Noestimates is to re-label Forecasting as NOT Estimating , It is forecasting, based on empirical data. This is in comparison for estimating purpose for a theoretical model that produces data, parametric from empirical or theoretical models that produce data.

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The Problem with Story Points

Leading Agile

You can see there is a sort of informal “estimation” thing happening here. For a novice team, sizing the stories serves the dual purpose of estimation and collaboration. For starters, let me just say there’s no problem with story points.

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How do you “do” Scrumban?

Digite

You are a Scrum team with well established Scrum tools and practices. Implicit in these questions perhaps is the worry – will my Scrum practices and results get diluted or vitiated in some way? Moving from Scrum ?

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Burndown Chart: What Is It & How Do I Use It?

ProjectManager.com

The story point estimates for the work that remains is represented by this axis. It shows the sum of the estimates for all the tasks that need to be completed. This line is based on estimates and therefore not always accurate. It Relies on Good Estimates.

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Kanban = Continuous Delivery? Not Necessarily

Digite

On the one hand, the delivery team is not able to precisely estimate when it can deliver a release. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Lean Software Development Management Release Management ScrumHere’s is a question that I recently answered on a discussion forum –. “My

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Why Planning Poker Powers Teams at Some of the World's Top Brands

Brad Egeland

Estimates made easy. Planning Poker is the secure, fun way for agile teams to guide sprint planning and build accurate consensus estimates. Planning Poker is a digital card game designed to help agile and scrum development teams effectively set their sprint goals through collaborative planning and consensus-based estimations. Once a game organizer – typically a scrum master or project manager – creates an account, your team can start planning.

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Team using “Waiting for Release” column on their kanban board

Digite

On the one hand, the delivery team is not able to precisely estimate when it can deliver a release. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Lean Software Development Management Release Management ScrumHere’s is another question that I recently answered on a discussion forum –. “My My team is using Kanban board but they seem to prefer to collate a couple of tickets then ‘do a release’ as appose to releasing each ticket.

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Should Your Team Claim Tasks in Sprint Planning?

Brad Egeland

Teams refine the backlog, set a target velocity, select user stories for the upcoming sprint, estimate effort and define tasks. Use code BRAD10OFF for 10% off your purchase of the Agile estimating tool Planning Poker Despite all this planning, developers often leave planning without tasks assigned to them – and that can be a good thing. Sprint planning is typically an industrious, productive process.

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

We were one of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." . Buy a Software Estimating tool, like one of these.

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

We were one of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." . Buy a Software Estimating tool, like one of these.

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Product Backlog and Sprint Backlog: A Quick Guide

ProjectManager.com

Teams might feel they can do more than they can, so it’s up to the development team and the Scrum Master , an expert in Scrum who guides through skill and experience, to know what the team is able to do by having a good estimation of their ability.

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What is Planning Poker? | Video

Online PM Courses

Estimating project work package times and the times it will take to build products or deliverables is one of the most difficult parts of Project Management. It comes from the world of Agile Project management, and Scrum, but is far more widely applicable. What is Scrum?

Risk Management is How Adults Manage Projects

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But when some statement is made about risk, estimating, performance modeling, or the like - always ask for references. Agile Risk Management and Scrum , Alan Moran, Institute for Agile Risk Management, 2014. NoEstimates Estimating Risk

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