By Mike Cohn

ISBN-10: 0131479415

ISBN-13: 9780131479418

<h3>Praise for Agile Estimating and Planning </h3>
"Traditional, deterministic methods to making plans and estimating easily don't reduce it at the slippery slopes of today's dynamic, change-driven tasks. Mike Cohn's leap forward ebook supplies us not just the philosophy, but additionally the information and a confirmed set of instruments that we have to achieve making plans, estimating, and scheduling tasks with a excessive uncertainty issue. whilst, the writer by no means loses sight of the necessity to carry enterprise price to the client every one step of the way."

—Doug DeCarlo, writer of eXtreme venture administration: utilizing management, rules and instruments to carry price within the Face of Volatility (Jossey-Bass, 2004)

"We know the way to construct predictive plans and deal with them. yet development plans that purely estimate the long run after which embody switch, problem so much of our education and talents. In Agile Estimating and Planning , Mike Cohn once more fills a gap within the Agile practices, this time by way of displaying us a potential method of Agile estimating and making plans. Mike delves into the nooks and crannies of the topic and anticipates a few of the questions and nuances of this subject. scholars of Agile techniques will realize that this ebook is really approximately agility, bridging some of the practices among Scrum and ExtremeProgramming."

—Ken Schwaber, Scrum evangelist, Agile Alliance cofounder, and signatory to the Agile Manifesto

"In Agile Estimating and Planning , Mike Cohn has, for the 1st time, introduced jointly such a lot every thing that the Agile neighborhood has discovered concerning the topic. The publication is apparent, good prepared, and a delightful and necessary learn. It is going into the entire invaluable element, and while retains the reader's burden low. we will dig in as deeply as we have to, with out an excessive amount of element sooner than we'd like it. The booklet relatively brings jointly every thing we now have discovered approximately Agile estimation and making plans over the last decade. it is going to serve its readers well."

—Ron Jeffries, www.XProgramming.com, writer of Extreme Programming put in (Addison-Wesley, 2001) and Extreme Programming Adventures in C# (Microsoft Press, 2004)

" Agile Estimating and Planning presents a view of making plans that's balanced among idea and perform, and it truly is supported by way of adequate concrete stories to lend it credibility. I fairly just like the quote 'planning is a quest for value.' It issues to a brand new, extra confident angle towards making plans that is going past the 'necessary evil' view that I occasionally hold."

—Kent Beck, writer of Extreme Programming defined, moment Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2005)

"Up-front making plans continues to be the main serious a part of software program improvement. Agile software program improvement calls for Agile making plans options. This publication indicates you the way to hire Agile making plans in a succinct, sensible, and easy-to-follow manner."

—Adam Rogers, final software program

"Mike does an exceptional follow-up to User tales utilized by carrying on with to supply Agile groups with the sensible methods and methods to extend agility. during this booklet, Mike presents time-proven and well-tested tools for being profitable with the a number of degrees of making plans and estimating required via Agile. This ebook is the 1st to aspect the disciplines of Agile estimating and making plans, in ways in which rival my 1980 civil engineering texts on CPM making plans and Estimating."

—Ryan Martens, President and Founder, Rally software program improvement Corporation

"With perception and readability, Mike Cohn exhibits the way to successfully produce software program of excessive enterprise price. With Agile estimation and making plans, you concentration attempt the place it relatively counts, and proceed to take action as conditions change."

—Rick Mugridge, Rimu examine Ltd., and lead writer, Fit for constructing Software (Prentice corridor, 2005)

"Finally! The groundbreaking booklet my consumers were clamoring for! Agile Estimating and Planning demystifies the method of defining, riding, and supplying nice software program that issues to the enterprise. Mike's readability, perception, and event jump out via each web page of this publication, delivering an process that's correct and instantly invaluable to all contributors of an Agile project."

—Kert D. Peterson, President, company Agile workforce, LLC

"This isn't one more popular e-book on Agile software program improvement. Agile Estimating and Planning fills a niche left by means of many of the different books and offers you very important, useful, down-to-earth options had to be winning on Agile improvement projects."

—Steve Tockey, vital advisor, Construx software program

"Estimation, making plans, and monitoring is a trinity. should you don't do one in all them, you don't want the opposite . This e-book offers very functional wisdom for estimation, making plans, prioritizing, and monitoring. it may be obligatory subject material for undertaking managers and their groups, whether they hesitate to name themselves Agile."

—Niels Malotaux, undertaking Coach

"Effective making plans is a crucial, yet usually misunderstood, a part of any winning Agile undertaking. With Agile Estimating and Planning , Mike Cohn has given us a definitive consultant to a variety of Agile estimating and making plans practices. together with his transparent and sensible sort, Mike not just explains tips on how to effectively start making plans an Agile undertaking, but additionally offers a wealth of information and recommendation for making improvements to any team's Agile making plans method. This ebook is a must-read for managers, coaches, and individuals of Agile teams."

—Paul Hodgetts, Agile trainer and CEO, Agile common sense

"Mike's writing type captures the essence of agility-just the correct quantity of knowledge to carry readability to the reader. This publication presents a superb advisor for all Agile practitioners, either professional and novice."

—Robert Holler, President and CEO, VersionOne, LLC

"It is as though Mike took the distilled wisdom relating to making plans and estimation of an exceptional Agile developer (which he's) and laid out all he is aware in an simply comprehensible demeanour. extra importantly, he has a superb mixture of strategies with real-world examples complete off with a case examine so the reader can relate the data to their very own state of affairs. until you're already knowledgeable Agile planner and estimator, this booklet is for you."

—Alan Shalloway, CEO, Senior advisor, web goals, and coauthor of Design styles defined, moment Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2005)

"Although I had lots of XP event prior to testing Mike Cohn's Agile making plans practices, the effectiveness of the sensible and confirmed concepts during this booklet blew me away! The e-book acknowledges that individuals, now not instruments or methods, produce nice software program, and that groups gain such a lot through studying approximately their venture and their product as they pass. The examples within the booklet are concrete, simply grasped, and easily reek of logic. This booklet may also help groups (whether Agile or no longer) convey extra worth, extra frequently, and feature enjoyable doing it! even if you're a supervisor or a programmer, a tester or a CEO, a part of an Agile staff, or simply searching for how to stamp out chaos and demise marches, this publication will advisor you."

—Lisa Crispin, coauthor of Testing severe Programming (Addison-Wesley, 2003)

"Mike Cohn does an outstanding task demonstrating how an Agile strategy can tackle problems with threat and uncertainty which will offer extra significant estimates and plans for software program projects."

—Todd Little, Senior improvement supervisor, Landmark pictures

"Mike Cohn explains his method of Agile making plans, and indicates how 'critical chain' pondering can be utilized to successfully buffer either time table and lines. As with User tales Applied, this publication is simple to learn and down to earth in real-world experience."

—Bill Wake, writer of Refactoring Workbook (Addison-Wesley, 2003)

"Mike brings this ebook to lifestyles with real-world examples that aid exhibit how and why an Agile technique works for making plans software program improvement initiatives. This ebook has nice breadth, starting from the basics of free up making plans to complicated themes corresponding to monetary facets of prioritization. i will see this ebook changing into a useful relief to Agile undertaking managers, because it presents a wealth of sensible tips comparable to the best way to set generation size and boot-strap pace, and speak progress."

—Rachel Davies, self sustaining advisor

"There has been a necessity for a high-quality, pragmatic ebook at the long term imaginative and prescient of an Agile undertaking for undertaking managers. Agile Estimating and Planning addresses this desire. It's now not theory—this ebook comprises project-tested practices which were used on Agile initiatives. As Mike's try out matters, we utilized those practices to the improvement of games (one of the main unpredictable venture environments you could think) with success."

—Clinton Keith, leader Technical Officer, excessive Moon Studios

"When I first heard Mike Cohn converse, i used to be inspired through an extraordinary mix of traits: deep event and realizing in sleek iterative and Agile tools; a force to discover and validate effortless, high-impact recommendations past the established order of conventional (usually useless) equipment; and the fervour and readability of a typical trainer. those features are glaring during this magnificent, useful consultant. I estimate you won't be disillusioned in learning and utilising his advice."

—Craig Larman, leader Scientist, Valtech, and writer of Applying UML and styles, 3rd Edition (Prentice corridor, 2005) and Agile and Iterative Development (Addison-Wesley, 2004)

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The accuracy of the plan may be affected by the team’s discovering they have over- or underestimated their rate of progress. Or they may discover that a certain type of work is more time consuming than previously thought. The value of the plan may be altered by knowledge the product owner has gained about the desires of likely users. Perhaps, based on feedback from seeing the software from an earlier iteration, the product owner has learned that users would like to see more of one type of feature and that they don’t value another feature as much as was previously thought.

At the start of each new iteration, an agile team incorporates all new knowledge gained in the preceding iteration and adapts accordingly. If a team has learned something that is likely to affect the accuracy or value of the plan, they adjust the plan. The accuracy of the plan may be affected by the team’s discovering they have over- or underestimated their rate of progress. Or they may discover that a certain type of work is more time consuming than previously thought. The value of the plan may be altered by knowledge the product owner has gained about the desires of likely users.

Customers are reluctant to make these types of tradeoff decisions early in a project unless the developers’ estimates have proved trustworthy. Reliable estimates benefit developers by allowing them to work at a sustainable pace. This leads to higher-quality code and fewer bugs. These, in turn, lead 7 8 | Chapter 1 The Purpose of Planning back to more reliable estimates because less time is spent on highly unpredictable work such as bug fixing. Conveying Information A plan conveys expectations and describes one possibility of what may come to pass over the course of a project.

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