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The Scrum Field Guide: Agile Advice for Your First Year and Beyond, Second Edition by Mitch Lacey

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Chapter 32. How Story Points Relate to Hours

“How many hours does a story point equal?” I get some version of that question on a regular basis. No matter the company, industry, or geographic location, the deeper concern is always the same: What exactly is the relationship between story points and hours?

To help answer that question, I introduce you to Rachel, the product owner, and Jackson, the team’s ScrumMaster. We find Rachel and Jackson in a meeting prior to a product backlog grooming session. Rachel is sharing her concerns about story points in general and, more specifically, about how the team’s story-point estimates seem wildly inconsistent.

The Story

“I’m just not entirely sold on story points,” said Rachel. “They seem too soft. I liked ...

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