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28
NOV
2016

Estimating the Size of Scrum User Stories

In Scrum, the owner of the estimates is very clear.  Only the people who do the work, i.e., the Team, have the right to offer estimates for the Product Backlog and Sprint Backlog items.  However, like many things in Scrum, the framework leaves it up to each Team to decide on what...
23
SEP
2009

I Really Hate CMMI

I came across a question on a usergroup asking the following (it’s condensed): “In our projects we maintain product backlog and do high level estimates in story points. Then when we actually start the iteration we do estimates in the sprint planning meeting in story...
18
AUG
2009

Planning Poker

Yesterday, I had lunch with an former co-worker and she could not remember the estimating technique I showed her group last year.  I promised her I would add a link to Planning Poker on my website so she could find in the future. Mike Cohn first wrote about Planning Poker in his...
29
MAY
2008

Task Board Example

Just wanted to post some pictures (sorry, they didn’t make the move – 01/31/2009 CEN) of the Team’s task board as yet another example for people who are curious about how this looks and feels. It is a very, low tech Team tool for talking about the work they are doing....
29
APR
2008

Why I Use Points For Estimating

A recent discussion among some colleagues of mine centered around the use of points (or story points) for estimating and the utility of points. The basic concept behind points is one uses a dimensionless quantity to size chunks of work relative to some standard everyone can agree...