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Is estimation part of your everyday work? Does someone occasionally ask you for estimates? Or do you ask others to provide estimates?

A wise man once said, "don't ask your developers how long something is going to take--they don't know."

Yet when most people ask for or provide estimates, those are the terms they typically deal in--"how long." Unfortunately, we humans aren't especially good at estimating in absolute terms. For example, one might ask, "how tall is that building across the street?" Estimates would likely vary quite widely.

However, if one were to ask, "which of those two buildings is taller?" the answers are much more likely to be consistent.

Team Estimation (presented by Steve Bockman) is a technique for estimating work effort in relative terms. At this month's meeting we'll all participate in a hands-on exercise that teaches this handy technique, which can be applied to practically any kind of work.

So, how do we get from these relative estimates to "how long will it take?" Join us and find out.

6:30 - 7:00
Meet, greet and eat. Here's a chance to get to know the other people at the meeting. And the pizza's on us!

7:00 - 8:15
Team Estimation Exercise

8:15 - 8:30
Raffle and wrap-up. This month's raffle prize is a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate!