Agile Estimating and Planning
The first step to project success is accurate estimating and realistic planning.
Projects with unrealistic expectations affixed to them are likely to derail at an
early stage. This book shows the software practitioner how to effectively
estimate and properly plan a project within an agile context. The book's
content is suitable for projects using any agile or semi-agile process (such as
Extreme Programming, Scrum, Feature Driven Development, Crystal,
Adaptive Software Development, DSDM or even the IBM Rational Unified
Process). The ideas in this book will work with any iterative development
process, which greatly broadens the target audience beyond the traditional agile
community. Each chapter is supported by a summary and a set of questions
that allows readers to assess their ability to estimate and plan a project. The
result is an engaging read with pearls of wisdom that can be applied to the
reader's next project.
Detailed, Proven Techniques for Estimating and Planning Any Agile Project
Agile Estimating and Planning is the definitive, practical guide to estimating and planning agile projects. In this book, Agile Alliance cofounder Mike Cohn discusses the philosophy of agile estimating and planning and shows you exactly how to get the job done, with real-world examples and case studies.
Concepts are clearly illustrated and readers are guided, step by step, toward how to answer the following questions: What will we build? How big will it be? When must it be done? How much can I really complete by then? You will first learn what makes a good plan-and then what makes it agile.
Using the techniques in Agile Estimating and Planning, you can stay agile from start to finish, saving time, conserving resources, and accomplishing more. Highlights include:
- Why conventional prescriptive planning fails and why agile planning works
- How to estimate feature size using story points and ideal days--and when to use each
- How and when to re-estimate
- How to prioritize features using both financial and nonfinancial approaches
- How to split large features into smaller, more manageable ones
- How to plan iterations and predict your team's initial rate of progress
- How to schedule projects that have unusually high uncertainty or schedule-related risk
- How to estimate projects that will be worked on by multiple teams
Agile Estimating and Planning supports any agile, semiagile, or iterative process, including Scrum, XP, Feature-Driven Development, Crystal, Adaptive Software Development, DSDM, Unified Process, and many more. It will be an indispensable resource for every development manager, team leader, and team member.