Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn

By Mike Cohn

<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 step forward e-book supplies us not just the philosophy, but in addition the tips and a confirmed set of instruments that we have to achieve making plans, estimating, and scheduling initiatives with a excessive uncertainty issue. whilst, the writer by no means loses sight of the necessity to bring enterprise worth to the client every one step of the way."

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

"We understand how to construct predictive plans and deal with them. yet development plans that simply 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 means of displaying us a practicable method of Agile estimating and making plans. Mike delves into the nooks and crannies of the topic and anticipates a number of the questions and nuances of this subject. scholars of Agile approaches will realize that this ebook is actually approximately agility, bridging a few 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 so much every thing that the Agile neighborhood has discovered concerning the topic. The booklet is obvious, good geared up, and a delightful and necessary learn. It is going into the entire worthy aspect, and whilst retains the reader's burden low. we will be able to dig in as deeply as we have to, with out an excessive amount of aspect prior to we'd like it. The booklet particularly brings jointly every little thing we've discovered approximately Agile estimation and making plans during 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 conception and perform, and it truly is supported by way of sufficient concrete reviews to lend it credibility. I really just like the quote 'planning is a quest for value.' It issues to a brand new, extra optimistic perspective 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 remains to be the main severe a part of software program improvement. Agile software program improvement calls for Agile making plans recommendations. This booklet exhibits you ways to hire Agile making plans in a succinct, functional, 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 techniques and strategies to extend agility. during this ebook, Mike offers time-proven and well-tested tools for being winning with the a number of degrees of making plans and estimating required through Agile. This publication is the 1st to element 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 best way to successfully produce software program of excessive enterprise worth. 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 study Ltd., and lead writer, Fit for constructing Software (Prentice corridor, 2005)

"Finally! The groundbreaking ebook my consumers were clamoring for! Agile Estimating and Planning demystifies the method of defining, riding, and providing nice software program that concerns to the enterprise. Mike's readability, perception, and adventure bounce out via each web page of this booklet, delivering an technique that's appropriate and instantly worthwhile to all participants of an Agile project."

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

"This isn't yet one more familiar publication on Agile software program improvement. Agile Estimating and Planning fills a spot left through many of the different books and provides you very important, useful, down-to-earth suggestions had to be profitable on Agile improvement projects."

—Steve Tockey, significant advisor, Construx software program

"Estimation, making plans, and monitoring is a trinity. in the event you don't do one among them, you don't desire the opposite . This ebook offers very useful wisdom for estimation, making plans, prioritizing, and monitoring. it may be obligatory subject material for venture managers and their groups, whether they hesitate to name themselves Agile."

—Niels Malotaux, undertaking Coach

"Effective making plans is a vital, yet usually misunderstood, a part of any profitable Agile venture. With Agile Estimating and Planning , Mike Cohn has given us a definitive consultant to a variety of Agile estimating and making plans practices. along with his transparent and sensible sort, Mike not just explains tips to effectively start making plans an Agile venture, but additionally offers a wealth of information and recommendation for bettering any team's Agile making plans technique. This e-book is a must-read for managers, coaches, and individuals of Agile teams."

—Paul Hodgetts, Agile trainer and CEO, Agile good judgment

"Mike's writing variety captures the essence of agility-just the correct amount of knowledge to deliver readability to the reader. This publication presents an outstanding advisor for all Agile practitioners, either pro 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 a good Agile developer (which he's) and laid out all he is aware in an simply comprehensible demeanour. extra importantly, he has an excellent mixture of ideas with real-world examples comprehensive off with a case research so the reader can relate the knowledge to their very own scenario. until you're already a professional 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 adventure earlier than checking out Mike Cohn's Agile making plans practices, the effectiveness of the sensible and confirmed options during this ebook blew me away! The publication acknowledges that folks, no longer instruments or techniques, produce nice software program, and that groups gain so much through studying approximately their venture and their product as they move. The examples within the booklet are concrete, simply grasped, and easily reek of logic. This publication may help groups (whether Agile or no longer) convey extra price, extra usually, and feature enjoyable doing it! no matter if you're a supervisor or a programmer, a tester or a CEO, a part of an Agile crew, or simply searching for how to stamp out chaos and dying marches, this publication will advisor you."

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

"Mike Cohn does a very good task demonstrating how an Agile process can tackle problems with possibility and uncertainty with a purpose to offer extra significant estimates and plans for software program projects."

—Todd Little, Senior improvement supervisor, Landmark pics

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

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

"Mike brings this publication to lifestyles with real-world examples that support display how and why an Agile strategy works for making plans software program improvement tasks. This publication has nice breadth, starting from the basics of liberate making plans to complicated themes corresponding to monetary elements of prioritization. i will be able to see this e-book changing into a useful relief to Agile venture managers, because it offers a wealth of useful assistance reminiscent of the right way to set generation size and boot-strap speed, and converse progress."

—Rachel Davies, self reliant advisor

"There has been a necessity for a pretty good, pragmatic booklet at the long term imaginative and prescient of an Agile undertaking for venture managers. Agile Estimating and Planning addresses this want. It's no longer theory—this e-book comprises project-tested practices which have been used on Agile tasks. As Mike's attempt topics, we utilized those practices to the advance of games (one of the main unpredictable undertaking environments you could think) with success."

—Clinton Keith, leader Technical Officer, excessive Moon Studios

"When I first heard Mike Cohn communicate, i used to be inspired by means of a unprecedented blend of traits: deep adventure and realizing in smooth iterative and Agile tools; a force to discover and validate effortless, high-impact suggestions past the established order of conventional (usually useless) tools; and the fervour and readability of a usual trainer. those features are glaring during this really good, functional advisor. I estimate you won't be disillusioned in learning and making use of 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)

" Agile Estimating and Planning is a severe advisor on the best way to effectively supply worth to clients of IT providers. This publication is full of transparent ...

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Traditional thinking says that if all work will be completed, project customers have no preference about the sequence in which that work is done. This leads to the development team’s working on features in what appears to the customer to be a relatively haphazard order. Then, with the end of the project approaching, the team scrambles to meet the schedule by dropping features. Because there was no attempt to work on features in order of priority, some of the features dropped are of greater value than those that are delivered.

Once a release plan covering approximately the next three to six months is established, it is used as input into the planning of the first iteration. Just as release planning began with consideration of the product owner’s conditions of satisfaction, so does iteration planning. For an iteration, the product owner’s conditions of satisfaction are typically the features she’d like developed next and some high-level tests about each feature. ” In discussing this story with the product owner, the developers learn that her conditions of satisfaction for this story include ◆ A user who cancels more than twenty-four hours in advance gets a complete refund.

3 assumes that I am not slowed by switching among these activities more frequently. The Clark and Wheelwright study indicates that a loss in productivity will occur. Multitasking becomes a problem on a traditionally planned project for two primary reasons. First, work is typically assigned well in advance of when the work will begin, and it is impossible to allocate work efficiently in advance. Assigning work to individuals rather than to groups exacerbates the problem. Second, it encourages focusing on achieving a high level of utilization of all individuals on the project rather than on maintaining sufficient slack to cope with the inherent variability in typical project tasks.

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