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The Phase Precision Premise

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When I worked on the technical side of software development, I talked a great deal about #NoEstimates. I’m now on the business side of software development (in charge of all products and data for a global SaaS provider). I thought it would be a good time to revisit estimates and put them in context using […]

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Estimates, #NoEstimates, No Estimates

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Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas I have said a thing or two about estimates in the past; and it generally leads to no good. What I do sometimes need to do is clarify my perspective, because people don’t get it. As always, definitions are important – so I’m to clarify what I think of when […]

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Schedule Compression

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When a software team gives an estimate, it is not uncommon for the estimate to be “rejected”. I wanted to explore my thoughts on this matter. When an estimate varies wildly from what you expect, want, or need; you have lots of options. But the following is not an option: “come back with a lower […]

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#NoEstimates In Practice

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A fader is a control you can use to vary the volume of sound, the intensity of light, or the gain on a video or audio signal. We have all seen giant sound desks in expensive studios with arrays of motorised faders controlling the mix of a recording. The important thing to remember is that […]

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The NoEstimates Philosophical Divide

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The key arguments on #NoEstimates reflect a split between social responsibility and corporate responsibility. They are not mutually exclusive. What I mean is, there is a philosophical difference between the two main threads of argument when #NoEstimates comes up. Let’s begin with a quick recap for anyone who hasn’t spotted the discussion. The #NoEstimates hash-tag […]

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Beyond Estimates

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In order to stop the flow of people who are so keen to tell me what my opinion is on the #NoEstimates debate – I have documented here my current position, which is neither entirely for nor against the use of estimates. This is my current position, as of today. I may change my mind […]

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Definition of Estimates

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One of the sticky points in the #NoEstimates debate is the lack of agreement over the definition of estimates. This causes logical fallacies to gush forth, flooding the thriving field of debate with its unsanitary waters. So let’s see if we can agree what estimates are, before we decide how we go beyond estimates. Dictionary […]

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#NoEstimates Anger

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What is it about “No Estimates” (or indeed, #NoEstimates) that gets people so angry? I had a great time last night at an open space discussion on this topic. Most of the room were using relative sizing, a small number used detailed estimates – but as a group we worked out what it would take […]

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A Few #NoEstimates Straw Men

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The great thing about a straw man is that it burns easily. With this in mind, let’s light up a few #NoEstimates straw men and watch the embers float into the night sky. I’m no authority on #NoEstimates – Woody Zuill and Neil Killick are really the authority on the subject. What I can bring, […]