ATL ALT.NET: Book Club: Mike Cohn's Agile Estimation and Planning

From: Josh G.
Sent on: Sunday, November 16, 2008 11:48 PM
Hello again everyone,

Chris Rauber and I talked the other night about creating a Book Club for our group and thought this was a great idea.

For January 2009, the book we'd like to tackle is Mike Cohn's Agile Estimation and Planning.

There is one other friend of mine from outside the meetup who wants to read this also with us.

You can purchase this book from Amazon here:

Book Description
Detailed, Proven Techniques for Estimating and Planning Any Agile Project. Agile Estimating and Planning is the definitive, practical guide to estimating and planning agile projects. In this book, Agile Alliance cofounder Mike Cohn discusses the philosophy of agile estimating and planning and shows you exactly how to get the job done, with real-world examples and case studies. Concepts are clearly illustrated and readers are guided, step by step, toward how to answer the following questions: What will we build? How big will it be? When must it be done? How much can I really complete by then? You will first learn what makes a good plan-and then what makes it agile.Using the techniques in Agile Estimating and Planning, you can stay agile from start to finish, saving time, conserving resources, and accomplishing more. Highlights include:- Why conventional prescriptive planning fails and why agile planning works- How to estimate feature size using story points and ideal days-and when to use each- How and when to re-estimate- How to prioritize features using both financial and nonfinancial approaches- How to split large features into smaller, more manageable ones- How to plan iterations and predict your team's initial rate of progress- How to schedule projects that have unusually high uncertainty or schedule-related risk- How to estimate projects that will be worked on by multiple teams. Agile Estimating and Planning supports any agile, semiagile, or iterative process, including Scrum, XP, Feature-Driven Development, Crystal, Adaptive Software Development, DSDM, Unified Process, and many more. It will be an indispensable resource for every development manager, team leader, and team member.

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If there is a different book that someone else is reading, or two or more people would like to read, then by all means please do so and we can discuss our opinions in January.

Product Development Reading List
Scrum trainer Joe Little and others have put together a great reading list for Product Development. See our Book Club page for links to "Little's List" here:

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