No Estimates

In this episode, special guest Steve Rogalsky helps the Western Devs understand the #NoEstimates movement
Recorded on Thursday, August 27, 2015


  • Why do we estimate?
  • Why do our estimates suck?
  • "Wah, wah, wah, estimating is hard!"
  • The #NoEstimates movement
  • Estimates vs commitments
  • Measuring your past to forecast your future
  • Building in chunks to create forecast data
  • #NoEstimates == Informated estimating?
  • Right-sizing user stories/Law of averages
  • Alternatives to story points for estimating
  • Probabilistic forecasting
  • Planning poker: Creating a common understanding
  • Acceptance criteria
  • Setting expectations with clients for "No Estimates"
  • Gaining trust with a client as an alternative to providing estimates
  • Understanding why estimates are needed to determine if they're needed
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