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The development guestimate and the business actual paradox

The development guestimate and the business actual paradox

Michael Wolfe on Quora posted an amazing analogy explaining why software development estimates are routinely way off, which results in developers padding their estimates to factor in the fudge of such inaccuracies. Another thesis I’ve been pondering over lately are the terms “Software Engineering” and “Computer Science”, which imply that software development is purely scientific and engineering in nature. Most colleges run those programs...

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Agile – estimating size not effort

Agile – estimating size not effort

Story Points – A simple numbering scheme used to weigh the relative size of one feature vs. another, and not to be used as an estimate. Story points are the metric you use for determining the teams capacity as the project proceeds. Being agile – estimating size, not effort One of the problems with the traditional waterfall method is that it’s predicated on the notion that it’s possible with enough planning and...

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