Estimates anchor (limit!) benefits while not limiting costs! – a #NoEstimates blog post about value delivery

3.6 10 Estimation and estimates are a dreadful way to run a business. The basic idea is this: Estimates anchor benefits while not limiting your costs at all. Let’s look at this statement in parts. The second part (“estimates don’t limit costs”), is self-evident. Anyone looking at the track record of software projects will see …

Don’t plan to fail! Or how to never be late, never ever! #NoEstimates

4.4 36 Project management methodologies involve some kind of estimates on the content of the project (i.e. scope) and effort/duration (i.e. schedule). Simple techniques like WBS (work breakdown structure) with Gantt Charts or more complex techniques like PERT (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) involve estimating the content and ultimately the duration or effort of each …

A #NoEstimates tool: The slicing meeting, replacing estimation meetings while creating shared understanding

4.6 10 Before we start, I’d like to thank to Neil Killick and Woody  Zuill for inspiring this technique with their work. Sit down. Let’s estimate This is not a good start of a meeting for many of us. Asking for estimates may be an easy thing to do, but going through the process of …

Agile incremental delivery visualized – how to explain Agile and Incremental delivery to anyone

4.3 06 If you are interested in Agile and if you want to read up on it (reading books, blogs or following discussions on twitter) you soon stumble upon the following picture to visualize incremental value. I believe it’s from Henrik Kniberg: I do understand where this picture is coming from. It is about focusing …