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Relative estimation works because people are generally better at relative estimates than absolute ones; relative estimates are easier to manage (because they seldom need to be re-estimated) and velocity is evidence-based rather than purely based on forecasts and guesswork. It is possible to use "ideal days" as the unit of relative estimation - but ...


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How practical is using days estimations for stories in a sprint instead of another approach In my practical experience, it's entirely impractical and counter productive. It doesn't really matter whether it works well or not, the name "day" is already taken. And for higher ups, it's ambigous. If you write "it takes 5 something something days&...


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Using ideal time - days or hours - is both practical and viable. Although my personal preference is to not assign estimates in time, points, or size to work and to focus on making each unit of work the smallest useful, demonstrable slice that can be used to elicit feedback and counting the units of work per unit of time for planning, estimating in ideal time ...


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