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Posts by Marty Bradley

Feature Estimation: Using Ideal Weeks

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Recently, a client asked me what an ideal feature-estimation-week would look like. It was a fairly straightforward question, but I knew she was setting a trap.  We had been training on and using ideal weeks for six months already, so this caught me off guard. It took me a little bit to wrap my head […]

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Cost of Delay. Can It Be Quantified?

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Most organizations are struggling to determine how much revenue any given project is going to create; therefore, they need some other criterion to prioritize their backlogs. That’s the reason I see companies turning to Cost of Delay (CoD) more and more. Often, I overhear people talking about CoD like it’s some mathematical formula where they […]

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Should the PMO go away?

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When I go in to do large scale transformations I’m invariably asked the question, “should the PMO go away?’  The reasoning is that going agile should get rid of all of the oversight, the Gantt Charts, the weekly status meetings, release scheduling.  The list goes on. Before I address the question I want to give […]

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Agile Estimation Guidance

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Agile Estimation Guidance

Agile Estimation is an easy concept to understand, but where the rubber meets the road and legacy artifacts such as LOE (level of effort), utilization reports, and other artifacts come into play and confuse is the issue. Questions like, “should we estimate in hours?” and “how do I convert t-shirt sizes to points?” arise. It’s important […]

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