Working with Story Points, Velocity, and Burndowns

The best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the risks involved, estimate our ability to deal with them, and then make our plans with confidence.

—Henry Ford

Within an Agile context, applying story points is an acknowledged way to size user stories. Story points are a relative sizing approach that focuses on the scope of work, which is made up of the effort of the work and its complexity. As a readiness activity within the RICH model, it is important to educate team members on the sizing framework you are applying, using Sprint Burndowns to assess progress within a Sprint, and how velocity ...

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