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  • Monte Carlo Planning Improves Decision Making

    by Michael de la Maza on  Mar 15, 2017

    De la Maza helped a startup IPO by applying Monte Carlo to a planning problem. Learn how Monte Carlo planning provides a rigorous, quantitative account of what the future may bring. It has advantages over standard average case approaches and you can start with a simple Excel spreadsheet.

  • Size Estimation Approaches for Use with Agile Methods

    by Donald Reifer on  Feb 06, 2017 2

    Reifer’s software sizing survey identifies five commonly used methods for sizing agile projects along with their strengths and weaknesses. Size is used as the basis for measurement and estimation. Stories/story points is the most popular, while function points are used at the project level. Sizing by analogy, proxies, Halstead vocabulary and hybrids are used by others as the situation warrants.

  • Q&A with Vasco Duarte on the #NoEstimates Book

    by Ben Linders on  Dec 07, 2015

    In the book NoEstimates: How to Measure Project Progress Without Estimating Vasco Duarte explores how NoEstimates can help to manage projects with a focus on value and predictability, report progress quickly and often, and adapt plans constantly based on existing data.

Scrum Fundamentals and Advanced Live Lessons : Video Review and Interview

Posted by Savita Pahuja on  Apr 23, 2015

Tommy Norman’s Scrum Fundamentals and Advanced Live Lessons training videos help beginners to understand the basic agile and Scrum concepts. The video sessions use animations to explain the concepts.

A Fast Story Point Estimation Process

Posted by Mary Ann Michaels on  Apr 02, 2015

Estimating story points can be a tedious process and some teams abandon doing story points to help predict their velocity. This is a way to make the process of estimating points much faster.

Probabilistic Project Sizing Using Randomized Branch Sampling (RBS)

Posted by Dimitar Bakardzhiev on  Mar 29, 2015

If you don't want to analyze all user stories in your project in order to estimate size then Randomized Branch Sampling can be used for portfolio related decisions and quotations on prospect projects.

Quantifying the Impact of Agile Software Development Practices

Posted by Ben Linders on  Jul 03, 2014

Rally Software and Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) are researching the impact of agile software development practices. An interview wit Larry Maccherone and Jim McCurley. 1

Estimating on agile projects: what’s the story, what’s the point?

Posted by David Morris on  Nov 21, 2013

David Morris explores the topic of agile estimating: what it is, how we typically do it, why we should bother, some of the alternatives, and provides some advice for new players. 7

Your story cards are limiting your agility

Posted by Joseph Flahiff on  Sep 19, 2013

Story cards are a long-established tool for keep track of requests and populating a backlog. The way most teams use story cards actually restrict value delivery - this article suggests alternatives. 6

Planning and Controlling Complex Projects

Posted by Jutta Eckstein on  Sep 02, 2013

Planning and budgeting large complex projects leads most often to (unwanted) surprises. Insights from beyond budgeting can help to increase flexibility, and focus on business value. 1

Interview with Eduardo Miranda about Estimating and Planning Agile Projects

Posted by Ben Linders on  Jun 24, 2013

Eduardo Miranda from Carnegie Mellon University explains planning in agile projects, planning techniques, and the impact of agile on project management offices and the project manager role. 4

The Prioritization Divide: With Numbers or Without?

Posted by Alex Adamopoulos Paul Dolman-Darrall on  Nov 19, 2012

While stories are commonly used to prioritize development, a basic divide has formed over whether it should be done with numbers or without. 1