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5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Estimating User Stories

by Michael Dubakov, 11 April 2011 | Agile Estimating

This post is from Edge of Chaos | Agile Development Blog by Michael Dubakov. Click here to see the original post in full.


1. You don’t waste time on estimation


Estimation takes time. Even if you do planning poker and use story points, it still takes time. What do you do to improve estimation accuracy? You gather some data, analyze the data and discuss the results. You are spending time on all that. But are you sure that estimates really provide any value? Most likely not. It is a waste. You’d better spend this time doing something important for the product.

2. You shouldn’t explain to higher managers why it took soooo loooooooong


If you don’t have estimates, you can speak without fear and explain things clearly. You can enumerate problems and explain how they were resolved. You can show that you work really hard and take all the necessary actions to release this story as soon as possible with great quality.

If you have estimates, be ready to hear something like “you screwed up, maaan! You had to deliver this feature till the end of the month! What the f%$k is going on?” as an argument. The team put themselves on a weak side immediately and have to care about deadlines more, not about quality or a better solution. Is it something you really need?

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