Story Estimation – Moving on from Planning Poker
Planning Poker in some cases can feel like a death spiral – especially when the backlog is long. Although old, its worth recalling the InfoQ article, “Are There Better Estimation Techniques for Experienced Teams?”. Further, again old, but worth a read, Magic Estimation, and more recent, Blink Estimation.
Neil offers food for thought, “Contract Negotiation and the Old Banger”, specifically around software contracts, and agile contracts.
Do not fix time based on an estimate of cost because that inherently means you are agreeing to up-front scope detail that will likely bite you on the arse later and restrict the customer’s ability to request changes (and yours to welcome them) for their competitive advantage