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#NoEstimates does not mean "no estimates

26th March 2015 in London at Skills Matter

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The #NoEstimates hashtag has been generating a lot of heat in software development circles for the past couple of years, but what does it really mean? It’s time to find out.

When Woody Zuill first started using the hashtag he sparked a debate that has caused tempers to flare and blood to boil, but Woody himself doesn’t think that estimates are inherently bad:

“If our response every time we reach the end of a project is to say ‘we must produce better estimates’ then we’re in a cycle of continuous ‘no improvement’”

In this session we’ll cut through the #NoEstimates rhetoric and sketch out the dysfunctions at the heart of software development that gave rise to the hashtag in the first place. We’ll investigate some possible ways that we can turn this around, so that we can improve the outcomes for customers AND development teams. We might even find out how to use estimates effectively.

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#NoEstimates does not mean "no estimates

Seb Rose

Consultant, coach, trainer, analyst and developer for over 30 years. Seb has been involved in the full development lifecycle with experience that ranges from Architecture to Support, from BASIC to Ruby. He’s a partner in Cucumber Limited, who help teams adopt and refine their agile practices, with a particular focus on collaboration and automated testing.

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The #NoEstimates hashtag has been generating a lot of heat in software development circles for the past couple of years, but what does it really mean? It’s time to find out.

When Woody Zuill first started using the hashtag he sparked a debate that has caused tempers to flare and blood to boil, but Woody himself doesn’t think that estimates are inherently bad:

“If our response every time we reach the end of a project is to say ‘we must produce better estimates’ then we’re in a cycle of continuous ‘no improvement’”

In this session we’ll cut through the #NoEstimates rhetoric and sketch out the dysfunctions at the heart of software development that gave rise to the hashtag in the first place. We’ll investigate some possible ways that we can turn this around, so that we can improve the outcomes for customers AND development teams. We might even find out how to use estimates effectively.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE:

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About the Speaker

#NoEstimates does not mean "no estimates

Seb Rose

Consultant, coach, trainer, analyst and developer for over 30 years. Seb has been involved in the full development lifecycle with experience that ranges from Architecture to Support, from BASIC to Ruby. He’s a partner in Cucumber Limited, who help teams adopt and refine their agile practices, with a particular focus on collaboration and automated testing.

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