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Estimating Techniques in Scrum
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This article provides an ‘Introduction into Estimating Techniques’ and looks to discuss the different approaches to estimation and the benefits of each approach.
Estimating Techniques Conclusions
In summary, choosing which estimation approach is best for your team can be confusing at first, but some factors may make this decision more straightforward.
The best decision can be made by personalizing the estimation strategy to your team, considering the types of stakeholders, and your team’s level of familiarity with SCRUM. Both story points and ideal days have strong advantages for agile projects.
The choice between the two comes down to what the team needs and the goals of the project. In the end, when it comes to choosing a strategy, it is important to discuss with your team and choose the most effective strategy for the specific project.
Estimating helps build the team and gives stakeholders some measure as to what will be completed when. It establishes a value for sprint velocity, which enables the team to make an accurate commitment to the work they can complete in subsequent sprints.
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User Stories Applied
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User Stories Applied by Mike Cohn is one of our favourite books on Agile User Stories. The book starts with an overview into user stories, and details what a user story is and the different aspects of them. He then discusses how to go about writing a user story, and provides details of the INVEST criteria that can be used to determine if the story is meeting all of its objectives. Next Mike gives an in depth discussion of who user stories are written for and where to begin when gathering the details for them. The book then discusses acceptance testing user stories, including how to go about specifying these criteria and the responsibilities of the development team and customers during this process.
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Our Favourite Agile Books
We found these books great for finding out more information on Agile Scrum: