Posts Tagged ‘Velocity’

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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The Agile Chip

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I’m a Detroit guy and I like cars, especially fast cars, and nowadays they have computer chips you can install that make your car go faster. Imagine that, just plug in a chip and press on the accelerator and vroooom! I’m also an agile coach and I see patterns.  With most every agile transformation I […]

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Estimating Placeholder Stories is a Bad Practice

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Placeholder stories, in general, are a bad idea. Estimating placeholder stories to reserve capacity or to get credit is a very bad idea. Define “Placeholder Stories” Of course, all stories are “placeholders for a conversation”, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I am also not talking about things like “Refactor the such-n-such class as we start work on […]

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Don’t Give Partial Credit

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What do you do with stories that don’t finish before the end of the sprint? Do we get partial credit? I’m asked that a lot. Everyone wants to know whether to split the story and what to do with the points. Don’t give partial credit for unfinished stories or make untestable splits. Don’t Bother Splitting […]

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Don’t Estimate Stories In Sprint Planning

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This is part three in a series on estimating. Part one was “Don’t Estimate Software Defects” and Part two was “Don’t Estimate Spikes”. I don’t estimate stories in sprint planning. Nor do I re-estimate stories in sprint planning. I estimate stories in a separate estimating meeting and usually at least a couple sprints in advance, […]

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