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Tuesday, July 26 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
The State of NoEstimates (Woody Zuill)

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"The only sure thing about forecasts is that they are WRONG" - James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones. Estimates have been the bane of software development projects for decision makers, managers, and programmers alike for decades.
Managers/Customers want to know: When will it be done? How much will it cost? Programmers are told "We won't hold you to the estimate", and yet they often are. It's my contention that estimates are often not useful for this purpose, and even worse they misinform the decisions they are meant to support.
Do we really need estimates? Is simply "getting better" at estimates worthwhile? Can we live without them? Will things be better without them?
I don't have answers for you, but I've worked with "no estimates" for over 7 years and I'm still alive and doing well. I want to explore the idea of estimates, why they are pervasive in the programming world, how they might be harmful, and see if we can start a dialog about finding a better way to make decisions.
Learning Outcomes:
  • We'll explore and learn a few things about the nature of estimates, why we use them, how we use them, who benefits from them and how, and a few ideas about how we can start breaking the addiction to estimates.

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Woody Zuill

Independent Agile Guide, Independent Agile Guide
I've been a software developer for 36+ years, and I'm an Agile enthusiast. I work as an Independent Agile Guide. I worked with the original "Mob Programming" team at Hunter Industries, and have been instrumental highlighting "No Estimates" concepts. I've enjoy sharing my Agile experiences... Read More →

Tuesday July 26, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
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