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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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We Need More Precision, Says #NoEstimates

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It is believed that the Sami languages of Norway, Sweden, and Finland have as many as 300 words to describe snow and ice. Anthropologists have long argued that if you live in the Arctic Circle, you probably need more than the dozen or so words for snow and ice than we need further south. I […]

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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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No Estimates 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 estimates – but as a group we worked out what it would take to […]

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A Few No Estimates Straw Men

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The great thing about a straw man is that they burn easily. With this in mind, let’s light up a few No Estimates 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 experts. What I can bring, though, is […]

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The No Estimates Debate Distraction

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If you haven’t stumbled across the no-estimates debate, you probably need to get a bit more involved in the Agile community (wherein it is practically unavoidable). Neil Killick has written some quality articles on no estimates and I thoroughly recommend that you read them as there are some interesting thoughts on removing estimates, ditching velocity […]