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  • 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

    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 videos run more than nine hours, broadly divided between “Scrum Fundamentals” and “Advanced Scrum”. 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

The Original Sin of Software Metrics

Posted by Chen Ping on  Jun 05, 2014

This article explains why it is inherently wrong to set up software metrics to try and 'improve' the software development process, and offers some alternatives. 3

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

Evaluating Agile and Scrum with Other Software Methodologies

Posted by Capers Jones on  Mar 20, 2013

Capers Jones compares the effectiveness of Agile and Scrum with a sample of contemporary software development methods using several standard metrics. 19

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