Estimate How Long It Will Take To Complete Your Agile Project

Are We There Yet? Are we there yet? – Donkey from Shrek 2 If you are a parent with kids any older than three or four years of age you’ve heard it: “Are we there yet – How much farther is it?” If you’ve ever developed software, you’ve heard the same questions, but this time, […]

Estimate Story Size by Playing Agile Planning Poker

Over the years that I’ve been leading software development projects, I’ve used a number of methods including comparison of projects of similar size and complexity, Microsoft Project, Function Point Analysis or even simply guessing. There have been a few other trendy and perhaps oddball approaches thrown in for good measure. Curiously, regardless of method, the results have tended to be pretty much the same. There has, however, been one exception. I’ve gotten noticeably better results with Agile methods using Agile Planning Poker.

Five Simple Steps to Agile Risk Management

(flickr: Sven Hein) This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.  (Winston Churchill) Background In my post on Agile Project Charters I outlined the embarrassingly high failure rate of software projects. Success rates today are only marginally better than they were when the Standish Group released its first Chaos […]