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Beyond Estimates (Estimates and NoEstimates) -
Let's Explore the Possibilities
The default use of an "estimate-driven" approach is pervasive in software development efforts, and while estimates can be useful, it is worthwhile to scrutinize our use of estimates for cost, time, and effort, and to seek better ways to manage software development projects. We say we depend on estimates to make important decisions, and yet we’re often disappointed by the results.
We'll explore the purpose and use of estimates in the management of software development efforts, and consider possible ways to work without trying to predict the future. There are a number of things to explore and many questions to ask. For example, are we getting a reasonable benefit from estimates? Is there a way to prove that estimates are helping us make good decisions? Do we really need estimates for all the things we are currently using them? Is it possible to manage software development projects without these estimates, or at least with fewer estimates?
We’ll examine the nature of estimates in software development projects and look at a few ideas about moving beyond estimates.
Woody Zuill is an Agile and Lean Software Development guide who has been programming computers for almost 40 years. He is an originator and pioneer of the Mob Programming approach to teamwork in software development, and a founder of the "No Estimates" discussion. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and user group meetups.