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Questions tagged [estimation]

For questions about the estimation of the project's parameters, such as time or cost.

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How to estimate a Research and Development project?

Our software team has been doing a lot of R&D work to improve the performance of our product. Of course, the management team would like to know how long it's going to take to improve the ...
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Do bugs from previous Sprints need to be estimated?

For example: in Sprint 2, on story, A Tester raises 4 bugs. 2 bugs got fixed in the same Sprint. The remaining 2 were pushed to the Product Backlog. At Sprint 6, we are picking those 2 bugs of story A ...
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Story Points flaw?

Forgive me f this has been asked before, I read some similar questions (linked below), but didn't find the answer I was looking for. Our team is fairly new to them and trying to figure out how to ...
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Task estimation for PMs who are not developers

While working Agile, how can a PM estimate a task when he/she is not a developer?
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Adding test cases to user stories (Backlog items) before the sizing session

Scenario: I was asked by management if it is a good idea to add test cases to user stories before the sizing session. This will involve investigating the item, writing test cases, speaking to ...
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We work with fixed scope, price and time - why should we use Story points?

We deliver projects in fixed price, fixed time and fixed scope environment. We have a contract that specify those, specifications of features. Recently, an agile couch was trying to convince me to ...
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How to treat users stories which were almost completed at the previous sprint? [duplicate]

How to treat users stories which were almost completed at previous sprint but didn't meet Definition of Done due to testers were late for some reason. Suppose one of those stories was 5 story points, ...
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How to structure estimation requests when there is a middle-man

We have a long term project, call it Project A. Our direct client (DC) is an organization between us and the Product Owner (PO). Every now and then we're being asked for estimates. The problem is ...
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What should a scrum team do if they complete work earlier than expected?

Our development team estimates that they can complete 30 story points in the current iteration. Partway through the sprint they realize that they will complete 50 story points at their current rate. ...
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Agile user story's task estimation

I have some confusion regarding the concept of a user story's task's estimation (effort estimate) using hours. What is the actual purpose of estimating effort in hours? In addition to that, let's ...
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How to avoid the planning fallacy?

The planning fallacy appears especially frequently when estimating tasks in software development. However agile estimation methods like planning poker etc. don't seem to be designed to avoid this ...
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How to handle large R&D projects using Scrum (or any other agile framework)

In addition to our regular software development tasks we have some large R&D tasks which we find difficult to fit into our scrum framework. The main issue is that there is absolutely no user ...
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Is it possible to remove Stories during a Sprint in Scrum?

Scenario In our organization, we use velocity to forecast the amount of possible work in a Sprint. Sometimes, based on the Team's average velocity, we add extra features not related to the Sprint ...
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How to negotiate a software proposal?

My company (western Europe) needs to outsource a project, and I received an offer from a eastern Europe software company. The proposal consists of a main part and an optional part. The work is ...
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Is it fine to correct an estimation of a story during execution?

During execution of sprint, should team allowed to change estimation of a story in following scenarios. During execution When a story is finished Re-estimate in absence of Product Owner(PO)
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How to schedule back and front-end developers based on story points?

We are used to create multiple sub-tasks for each user story and provide each sub-task with an estimate in hours and assignee (back or front-end). With the following outcome: Total estimated time ...
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How to break down an 8 point story into smaller stories in Scrum?

My team and I are struggling with breaking down a user story that we have estimated to be 8 points. The user story is : "A user can sign up to the app using a registration form so that he is ...
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Are there techniques for gamification of hours estimation?

Our team breaks down user stories in sub-tasks, then estimate their sizes in hours using the planning poker technique. The numbers we use are 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, 24, 32 and it goes just like story ...
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How much time should be given for investigating bugs/user stories for a sizing session

How much time should a developer spend on investigating bugs/user stories for sizing in a sprint? Currently we have 2 sizing sessions and a developer has time (time-boxed at 5min) to investigate and ...
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How to set quarterly goals for an unknown amount of work?

My team is working on improving performance for our web application. We have a general idea that we want to: Lower the number of "bad" API calls by focusing on driving down the number of requests ...
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Is the product owner responsible to make long-term estimations about PBI in Scrum?

We know in Scrum, the responsible for make estimations is solely responsibility of the development team, but in long term planning, for example a release planning, we'd to have some kind of estimation ...
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Estimating Fixed Price Project Cost Payments via Monthly Milestones

I have spent the last few days searching for an answer on how to use MS Project (2010 in my case) to estimate a project's cost via milestones that are split along a long program (2.5 years). The ...
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What is the term for actual delivery time will be varied by 4 times from estimation?

I remember I once read in Wikipedia about a law stating that the actual delivering time will always be 4 times less to 4 times more from the estimated time, even when you aware that law and know every ...
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What type of estimation is applicable if work items can't be similarly sized because they will violate MMF

As per Kanban, estimations are considered as waste but from the business perspective we need estimation and there is no way to keep features similarly sized. S, M, L sizing does not work as well ...
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how to estimate multiple stories with less complexity?

We want to track user activity on this screen (attached image) i.e. close button click (top-right) User's tap on textbox (Type your city) User's click on Detect my location If we follow INVEST ...
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What techniques do you use to establish scope in agile

More than communications skills, lean techniques to discard useless features with no value, more than ask "what do you want?" or "is there anything else?" to the customer. Reading the book Agile ...
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Under what circumstances should a software vendor be allowed to increase charges due to unforeseen complexity?

Something that occurs quite often in outsourced software projects is the vendor underestimates the complexity or learning curve associated with an agreed-upon statement of work, and wants to increase ...
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Handle stories which can not be estimated

Do scrum have a method for handling tasks which can not be estimated in any meaningful way? I'm going to give an example we faced recently. We sell some hardware devices and recently found out that ...
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Product backlog items must be estimated in story points?

I have read some common "good practices" out there. Does scrum specify the metrics or the team must determine what and how to use metrics, processes, etc. to the benefit of the product?
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Using the Stacey matrix to capture agile metrics

I recently encountered the Stacey matrix in an answer by Stephan Weinhold. After looking at the linked image provided & doing a bit more reading that describes it as a way to characterize ...
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Is it possible to control a project without start date and durations?

In a discussion about the project plan with my team we collected activities, brought them into order and defined end dates. When we came to defining start dates and durations one of the elder team ...
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How handle the change in baseline story

We follow Agile Scrum. We had identified a baseline story for story point estimation and used it for many sprints. We had a velocity calculated. After sometime, the team found that the baseline is not ...
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Is it possible to give accurate estimates and planning without tracking time for tasks?

I work within a small team of developers. We don't track our time so we have no data to work off when we give estimates. Basically, I'm wondering if it's possible to have a successful plan and give ...
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Any suitable cost estimation approaches for ETL projects?

I would like to know if there are any suitable estimation approaches for ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) projects. In my case I will be using Logstash for an elastic stack. Since the amount of work (...
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Is it possible to display Estimation Points for lanes in Active Sprint in JIRA?

in the attachment you can see JIRA, an active Scrum Board. I've a very simple question, is it possible to have on top of the lane a number representing the Estimated Points that are the sum of that ...
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If SAFe must be continuously calibrated and measured in ideal days, why does the framework say recalibration is unnecessary?

TL;DR SAFe says you don't need to recalibrate estimation, but requires estimates and other metrics to be normalized across one or more Agile Release Trains. Context, question rationale, and the ...
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Cone of uncertainty - how could we delay commitment to estimates in real life?

I am reading a book from Steve McConnell dealing with software project estimations and I do not understand the following statement (my translation, I got the book in German): An effective ...
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A simple estimation accuracy formula that yield always 0-100?

I'm just beginning and despite my search I cannot find any simple formula that would return a number between 0 and 100%, i.e. I do not care whether there was over or underestimation. The simplest ...
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A recursive quote/rule about underestimating tasks

There was an interesting quote I read a long time ago that went something like this (It was more like a rule, let's call it the X rule): The X rule: everyone will underestimate the task assigned to ...
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Alternatives to estimating in hours/story points

We are looking to change our approach on estimates. Now we estimate in hours/days, but we would like to change this and make our process more flexible. We are working based on Scrum, where stories are ...
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How to estimate time for a project needing skills only a new hire has?

I have a little new company that works with robotics, machine vision and natural language processing. But for some projects, we need to write some Android/iOS applications. In our company we don't ...
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Velocity of the team

If i have been provided with the information of six sprints having story points like 20,21,22,23,24,25,26 then what should be the velocity of the team ?
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Should we create multiple stories for same thing to be replicated at code level?

We have a page with the same content at 2 places. Since we are running with legacy code and due to some previously made bad decisions, we have duplicated the logic twice for the same thing. Both the ...
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What could be potential harm of giving points to chores or technical debts?

Recently our team has decided to give points to the chores. They had an argument that: Velocity defines team's capacity to deliver the work and if chores are not counted in velocity it won't reflect ...
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How to estimate when knowledge varies between team members?

My team estimates task which is easier for someone who already knows Swagger but harder for someone who doesn't. The person who knows Swagger will likely have other tasks to do so this one may fall to ...
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Should user stories be estimated by efforts or by value it added?

I read this in an answer on SoftwareEngineering.se: Don't forget to distinguish between size and complexity in your estimating. You should estimate on size only, not complexity or difficulty. For ...
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Advanced estimation accuracy techniques

What techniques are available to calculate the accuracy of ranged estimates, on units of work that may be irregularly re-estimated? The evaluation should account for estimates made on behalf of ...
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Use Case point estimation technique - TOP DOWN

Is User Case Points estimation technique "TOP-DOWN" approach?
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Are there alternatives to estimation? (Software development)

I am taking control of a small project for the first time, and want to tell if we can deliver our scope on schedule. Most teams I have worked in have used story-based estimations. My experience of ...
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Stakeholder view of projects without time?

I'm a PM for a small development team. We have a mix of large transformation projects and small improvement projects. We're not good at estimating in man hours (and in fact I'm yet to meet a team of ...