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How do you measure time units in sprint velocity?

I am trying to get my head around "Story points" using the Scrum methodology. As a starting point, I have been following the following article: http://scrummethodology.com/scrum-effort-estimation-and-...
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What is “Lead Time”?

I have a task within my project criteria which states: "Purchasing lead-time for the steelwork is estimated at 60-80 days". What does lead time mean? Do I have to make special considerations for this?...
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How should I handle project cost (in time) to a client without committing too much work?

currently we have a client that have a series of requirements (very broad and general) for an app. I as the PM was asked by my boss to estimate how much hours of work were required to make that app. ...
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Team added “Daily Scrum” as a task in Jira. How do I get rid of this?

So I am just joining a new team. This team is using "Daily Scrum" as a task because according to them it is a "task". Obviously I want to help them understand that it is not a task, just like ...
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Effort vs (Size, Productivity, Duration)

Well, this metric is causing some troubles in my head. As far as I understood, its magnitude is: man/hour. So for example, if in a project I put two employees working, the effort would be: 2 man/hour....
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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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Is there any estimation method to estimate end user testing?

Is there any estimation technique that can help us to estimate the number of needed test cases in traditional software projects? For example, we have a Software requirements specification (SRS) with ...
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Should the complexity estimate of a task change in scrum?

I'll just start with an example. We have a repeating task "Release library" which in the beggining we agreed on an estimate of 2 points: it seemed to be twice as hard as our 1 point baseline. As we ...
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how to do spike/research story which can run more than 1 sprint

I past I have done a research/spike story which was a new area for me. Building big excel, debug ntml2 jar for authentication issue. our sprint was 2 weeks and it runs for more than 1 sprint, what ...
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How does the public sector estimate the cost of large-scale infrastructure projects?

Using the example of the proposed Donald Trump Mexico-USA Border Wall; various figures for the estimated cost have ranged considerably. Mr Trump claims the total cost of the wall will be $10bn (£7....
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How to estimate times during Sprint Planning?

I have 6 user stories for a sprint of 14 days. I have the detailed description in the stories for what the team needs to develop, and the team is new to scrum. (this would be their 2nd sprint). The ...
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Does anyone estimate stories per discipline in a single story?

SITUATION: Understand which disciplines are more burdened than others on cross-discipline teams. POSSIBLE OPTION: When estimating a story, provide a story point estimate for each of the different ...
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How to estimate a project without understanding the network path?

I am trying to estimate for a project, with each resource work for some hours and i have total hours for project. How can derive the exact completion date ? Eg. Resource 1 - 25 tasks - 240 hrs ...
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What to do with the Sprint backlog tasks that we have decided are not needed any more

Can anybody answer my question here? I have estimated for 5 to 6 tasks like analysis (4 hrs), design (3 hrs), logical review (1 hr), peer review (1 hr), unit testing (1 hr), coding (2 hrs) and release ...
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Minimum number of items in the Product Backlog for an Affinity estimate

I found this question in an exam and I'm puzzled: Affinity estimate is a technique used for arriving at a high level estimate quickly. What should be the minimum number of items in the Product ...
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How to Calculate Effort Variance in Scrum

My team currently works in 3 week sprints and we are capturing Key Performance Indicator (KPI) for each sprint. One of the KPIs is Effort Variance (EV) per sprint My question is at the end of the ...
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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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Estimating and Project budgets

I'd be interested to hear how you manage dealing with project budgets when having to provide a fixed cost up front for the customer ahead of starting the work? For context, and without giving too ...
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When are Story Points and priority estimated in the planning phase of agile?

In our agile requirements gathering sessions (not sure of the technical name sorry), where we engage with the product owner to list all stories that are required for the implementation, we typically ...
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How to estimate effort when the story involves a large number of repeat processes?

In our organization we occasionally have stories that involve a very large number of repeated process. The process itself is very simple and straightforward and usually we give 2~3 points. When the ...
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How can I determine a project end date when PBIs are not estimated?

How can I determine a project end date when Product Backlog Items (PBIs) are not estimated? Consider the following two examples: I am on a project that is at the beginning. I'm asked when the project ...
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Current best metrics related to requirements, design and architecture

So my boss put forth a 'research and find out question' to me: Are there ANY (absolutely any, no matter the dumbest, but any) metrics for requirements management? Eg. Requirements completeness, ...
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Should we estimate business users' availability for an agile project?

I recently submitted my project estimations for peer review and I have been advised that we need to estimate the business users' availabilities that will be required to complete each Sprint. I was ...
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How do you write completable “stories” when all members of a team have a specialty?

From a user perspective our stories seem clear. From a engineering perspective our stories are a bit too broad and need to be broken up into sub-tasks. This is OK, but each member of the team has a ...
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How to determine hours spent on a project if didn't record them at the time?

How can I produce an accurate determination of hours spent on projects in the past when I didn't record the time spent at the time? I used to own my own business putting on concerts in the Seattle ...
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Estimating the project time and cost while preparing the proposal of a project

I'm working in a medium sized company as a CTO, the business side in the company is sending an average of 5 proposals/day to be estimated in terms of working hours and cost for each proposal. In that ...
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How to calculate Critical Path including Std Dev for each activity estimate?

When estimating activity durations, you get a duration plus/minus a sigma (standard deviation) for each activity. Afterwards, when you want to determine the critical path, what figure should you ...
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Outsourcing company: Usage of velocity for offers

Currently I am working in an outsourcing company and our management has decided to use the following scheme for "Velocity of the developers": Each developer has a velocity quotient: Senior Developer:...
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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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Multiple resources for one task in MS Project

I have a single task (of type Fixed Work) with a total Work estimated to 160 hours. When I assign two full-time resources (let's call them Alice and Bob) to it, Duration of the task is 80 hours, as ...
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Software to help estimate effort and record effort for timeline purposes (one man team)

I am trying to find some software that allows the following workflow: Create a wbs with effort. Plot wbs items onto a Gantt chart to see when items should/could be completed by and build a schedule. ...
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Which model of benefits measure is appropriate for a new projects

I would like to know a good method to measure which idea choose to get the maximal benefits. The live is more easier when we have a customer which suggests some price and we can balance the cost to ...
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How do you estimate epics?

Let's say we have a brand new project and we want to raughly come up with a bunch of releases and its dates to give the business a vague idea of when we will finish. Obviously we have all our user ...
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How can we persuade team members to estimate in story points instead of hours?

We use story points to estimate our user stories. We find that story points solve the problem of underestimating the amount of actual work which is required to complete a task, as it takes the ...
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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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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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Is COCOMO 2 Estimation Sound, or is there Something Better?

I am reading about COMOMO estimation and what I see is margin of error is almost always too high. Also I didn't like the idea to use lines of code to measure progress. So I wonder is COMOMO really a ...
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Unable to determine the actor in UCP estimation for a given scenario

I have just started using Use Case Points recently. Apparently it looks simple to use but there are certain scenarios where it is difficult to figure out the right transaction count or actor count. ...
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How to estimate story points if team members work on different applications

Our team consists of 4 full-time developers and occasional outside help. The developers maintain several different applications and do not all share the same skill set. I understand that scrum teams ...
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Estimating the resource usage breakdown of a project at initial proposal time?

How can one estimate the resource usage breakdown of a project at initial proposal time? For example in fixed price project, say a ten-member team project with project duration 12 months 1 PM 1 ...
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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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Can you use the Software Equation to get LOC output?

The Software Equation is: E is effort in man months or years. P is the "productivity parameter." B is the "special skills factor." t is length of project measured in months or years. Now, I'm ...
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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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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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EQ/EO determination from a functional point sizing perspective

I am new to function point(FP) estimation. I am considering the following cases would be considered as External Inquery(EQ)/ External Output(EO) in function point sizing perspective. Please correct me ...
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How do you cost for an agile ux project?

Hi I work for a small digital agency where we do a lot of ux work and therefore a lot of planning and research. The culture and approach to development projects we have moved to in recent years makes ...
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How to calculate moving performance target?

As you will see, I'm completely new to PM. I have to write 100,000 words in 6 months. Let's say that is 548 words/day. I would like to know how to calculate a daily target of words needed to ...
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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 delivery date with unidentified tasks

Given a software project which is complete when all of its deliverables are delivered, in which each deliverable has sub-deliverables, in which each sub-deliverable has multiple tasks assigned to it ...

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