Chapter 7

Estimating and Segmenting Projects

Why do development teams frequently overcommit and how does agile’s “sized-based estimation” avoid this trap?

How can story points and project backlog enable us to predict how long a project will take and how much it will cost?

How can we group the estimated components into major deliverables, given that we cannot build everything at once?

All software development teams must estimate labor requirements in order to plan their work and communicate project trajectories effectively with their stakeholders. Although no software developer can predict the level of effort work units will demand with perfect certainty, accuracy in estimation is worth some study and effort because the more dependable a team ...

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