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Estimating user stories at the start of the project so that the PM can determine a quote for the client

Recently I have started on a team in a new project. Our company is attempting to run things in an Agile manner. The project consists of 4 developers each from different teams and with different ...
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Why not use costs instead of story points for estimation?

I propose the following scheme for estimating user stories in a scrum process: A good programmer might cost 80000$ a year, so per hour this is 80000$/52 weeks/40 hours per week = 40$ per hour. In a ...
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Constantly under-estimating user stories

I'm the dev manager in my company. We're following what some people in the company like to call "scrum" but is in fact waterfall in scrum clothing - we are using some scrum terminology (backlog, ...
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Should I remove distraction time from developers' capacity time while giving time estimation?

I am about to give new estimations of a project delivery time, estimating iterations etc.. Besides development, developers spend much time on distractions. By distractions I mean everything(tea, ...
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Agile estimation and communication of price to customers

I'm new to this Agile way of doing estimates. For a long time I have been working in the classical way of estimating the whole project up front (roughly). Now I have started to look into the Agile ...
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when a software project is behind schedule should we add manpower?

When an essential software project is behind schedule we might naturally add manpower. The new developer, however competent and however quickly recruited, needs additional training from an ...
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How can I plan a project that has undefined scope associated with learning new skills?

The client has set (and we have agreed to) the deadline for a project. In order to complete the project, the team needs to master a new tool chain including Selenium and Java. How do I establish a ...
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Cost of resources in virtual environments

In planning hardware costs, considering the distribution of the product in virtual/cloud environments, where the cost is derived from the use of resources, considering the following points: The ...
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What ways have you reduced cost for a software project during the planning phase?

I am getting ready to head up an internal project. I already know that the budget will be tight on this. I am looking for effective ways to reduce project cost. What I would like to see is the most ...
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Calculating time needed for finishing project from scratch [closed]

I want to calculate or estimate time needed to code a particular project. This may include time spent doing analysis, actually coding etc. I find it difficult to make a good estimate. Can someone help ...
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How to prevent top managers setting unrealistic expectations with a customer?

Currently we're working on a project where top management is providing unrealistic estimates to our customers, especially in terms of the number of bugs that we can fix. We are not talking just about ...
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How can we estimate the learning curve for new technology in a project?

I work with embedded systems and sometimes there are some technologies that the people involved with the project have to learn before applying to the product. We are three people that never worked ...
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What pro forma documents do people use to talk to clients about web development

This is a very general question and I believe it will be relevant to other people in my situation. I've been involved as a hobbyist in web design and development for over 2 years now. I have produced ...
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Getting estimated working time from MS Project

Our company has just recently started using MS Project Professional 2010 and we plan to eventually have a Project Server installation. I've created a few projects so far, but still claim to be a ...
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Functional vs Non-functional requirements: Standard proportion of time spending

I have an application that have no unit tests. There are performed only manual tests through UI clicking. There is also a lot of spaghetti code, runtime evalutions, duck castings, old versions of ...
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Is it a good Scrum practice to use large story-point numbers for effort estimation?

Is it generally a good practice to have large story-points for user stories in a sprint? We are following a modified Fibonacci series of 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 40, 100. We estimate the effort ...
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For every hour cutting code, how many project hours are spent doing something else?

I work on a large line-of-business legacy application, my projects are very much NOT green field. The dev teams are small, usually 2 developers, 1 system tester, plus part-time PM and BA resources. ...
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Should there be testing-only user stories?

We estimate stories as 1, 2, 4, 6, or 8 points. Consider a story with less development work but huge testing effort. Let's say we estimate that story as 8 points. We see the following options: ...
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How can we manage schedule risks brought into a project by 3rd party software?

Working in web-development, I face a common situation when clients want to use 3rd party software as a starting point of the project. That could be a CMS, an e-commerce site, or something else. ...
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How can I get inexperienced team members to meet project deadlines?

Recently, we have hired bunch of people who say they have little experience on technology. When I delegate jobs to them and ask for a timeline, they give unrealistic timelines of around 3-5 months. I ...
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How to estimate cost to remove bug?

Couple of month before I committed one project to remove bug from that software, that project is not developed according to customer requirements. So, I have included some advanced function according ...
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What are Our Alternatives to Function Point Analysis for Estimation?

We've been using Function Point Analysis (FPA) estimation for new software development projects and medium sized changes that involves development efforts for code involving database entities as well ...
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Does the team estimate time for tasks or stories or both?

During the sprint planning meeting, does the team estimate time for each story, or the tasks that make up the story? Then which is tracked by the team/scrum master? I assume the team estimates the ...
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Can story points remain constant between the initial estimate and later planning sessions?

Background We have a bunch of epic stories. We have a fixed term to do the project. We have to get approval from a project board. We don't know the velocity of the project team yet. The ...
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When should I assign 0 and 0.5 story points to user stories in Scrum?

I am not a Scrum Master or a Ph.D. in math. How do stories with 0 and 0.5 points apply to stories on the Scrum board?
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The meaning of & Calculating Project Budget

I'm very new to the whole Project Management world, so this question may be at the beginners level, anywho: What is the Budget Cost compared to the full Cost of the Project?, based on the research I ...
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Who should estimate user stories?

Should the product owner take part in estimating user stories? Furthermore, in our team not all developer familiar with every part of the system. Client and server side is a usual separation. GUI ...
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How to sequence tasks given time estimates?

What are the recommended techniques to get the fastest completion time? Just an example, a project has 6 tasks: task1 takes 1 day task2 takes 2 days task3 takes 3 days, requires both task1 and ...
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Should the Kanban CFD be weighted with estimates?

I am working in a Kanban process with a team the tries to estimate Cycle time, Lead time as well as completion time based on applying FIFO wherever possible on our queues. Using the Cumulative Flow ...
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How to Estimate Scope, Cost and Budget for Developing a Phone App

I have some questions regarding how to handle bidding for a project, and how to structure the contract for the project. How can I find the answers to the following questions: How many people ...
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Quickly explain how to make estimation work to an external business stakeholder

Scenario: need to quickly explain how the estimation will work to an external business stakeholder; can't take more than few minutes really. The project area is web development. P.S. There's no point ...
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How can we transition to Agile estimation based on complexity or effort of user stories?

We have being practicing agile development methodologies for a long time as a development company. Most of the time our product owners tries to have a map between story points and time. As a example, ...
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Schedule Control

Here's the scenario: You are building a schedule for a project that has a planned duration about three months. You are not concerned about project costs so you will not be doing EV. You are ...
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First sprint: Epics chosen instead of stories - should I re-estimate and when?

I am trying out Scrum on a small, one-person project. During my first sprint, I realized that all of the stories I've chosen are really epics and should be broken down into much smaller pieces. The ...
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How to estimate accurate velocity when team members are on leave

I am a Scrum Master of a team with 12 members. I know that the size of the team is large at this point, but as we grow further we will divide the team into multiple Scrum Teams. Our estimations for ...
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How to compare and select one project out of two?

It's being rather a tough choice on selecting projects. (Different case from what I had posted before.) Now in the scenario if there is Project A and B. Only one project can be executed and that has ...
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How does a team (new to product and domain) estimates user stories of a ten year old product

I am a scrum master for one of the products in a product development company. Our team, including me, operates from India. However my product owner is in USA. We are working on a feature development ...
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How can developers and testers agree on story point estimates?

Previously we used duration for each story, but in our current sprint we are using story points (effort) keeping test team effort separate from the development team effort. Story points are based on ...
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In Scrum, how to estimate research stories?

In our Scrum team, when there is uncertainty about a story or the team is not sure about how to implement it, we take up a research story first. Based on the findings of this research story, we are ...
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Alternative schedules in Microsoft Project 2010?

I'd like to create a "reference" schedule, then create an optimistic and pessimistic schedule based on this where the duration of each task in the optimistic/pessimistic schedules are calculated as a ...
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Modelling schedule uncertainty in Microsoft Project 2010+

Microsoft Project 2010 (and 2013) no longer contain PERT charts. With this in mind, what is the recommended way to model uncertainty in project time estimates? UPDATE: I only brought up PERT diagrams ...
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Why use iterations in Scrum?

I am a Scrum Master in a 7 person team. We currently use one-week iterations for our sprints. I find that sprint planning overhead is huge (2 hours each week for entire team), and not nearly as ...
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How to deal with a team member who constantly overestimates

In an ideal world using Scrum we are all supposed to take part in the iteration planning, select tasks and stories, from the groomed backlog. You then have a planning meeting where everyone comes ...
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How should a team handle disagreements about story-point estimates in Scrum?

During estimation, the Product Owner presents a user story that seems clear to a team that usually knows their strengths and weaknesses, and that is not hostile. What should the Scrum Master do if the ...
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How can I estimate a project's costs without well-defined scope, scheduling, and quality inputs?

I work for a private investing firm that is looking to move from a face to face business to online business. They want to create a large, scalable website that can handle thousands of accounts and ...
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Slow client answers

Let's say, I have a project with well fixed deadlines, and a pretty good specification. Every specification needs additional discussion, with taking in consideration the client's requirements (I mean, ...
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Rent total cost prediction

I have a project management course now. One of points of my project requires me to rent a territory, and I need to include its cost in the project's total cost. The first thing I thought was to ...
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How should I account for non-coding time when estimating duration of a coding task?

I was wondering whether this approach I am doing to scheduling dev work on a day to day basis is correct. In which I assume that instead that a developer has 8 hours a day to do coding, they actually ...
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Changing backlog story point estimates mid way through a release

Background: We are mid-way through a development which was estimated for a customer on a fixed price contract. To come up with the estimate we built a backlog by trying to list all user stories and ...
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How granular should an estimate be for building a web page?

Sufficient Granularity? I have a ASP.NET web page to construct. The design of the UI and classes is already complete. I have prepared a task breakdown, including hours needed for each task. Does ...