Book: Agile Estimating and Planning


Mike Cohn’s book is an interesting read. Here are my take away point from the book:

  • Financial prioritization (Chapter 10) provides ways of estimating a theme (Theme:a set of stories)
  • Mike perfers story points over ideal days, and a commitment-drive approach rather than velocity driven
  • Planning poker is the game to play:)
  • Consider starting an iteration on a Thursday rather than a Monday (page 165)
  • Buffers within plan – required for uncertainty (fixed price…)
  • Release burndown bar charts provide a nice way to visualise velocity and scope change
  • Bug tracking on a task board
  • Estimates of size and duration are separated
  • Small stories are best
  • Guidelines for Agile Estimating and Planning (page 254)

~ by mdavey on November 29, 2005.

5 Responses to “Book: Agile Estimating and Planning”

  1. Haven’t read the book, but would have to agree with some of the points:

    Small stories are best – gives you a sense of making progress, combined with a Story board, everyone on the team can see the progress. Great for moral and keeps everyone interested as you never spend more than a couple of days working on one story.

    Story points – definately. I have tried ideal days and hours etc and never found it to work well. My prefered approach is to use points 1 – 4. With 1 being quite easy and 4 being hard(ish).

    Starting an iteration on any day but Monday and Friday is generally a good idea. No-one wants to be at work on Monday morning and everyone wants to start the weekend on Friday.

    Have seen the burndown charts work well at a PM level at a previous client.

    Bugs should be on the Story Board as they are part of an iteration. Makes sense for them to be estimated and prioritized just like any other story.

  2. Thanks!

  3. very nice

  4. thank you nice posting..

  5. Thanks!

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