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Agile Estimation with the Bucket System

This post is from Agile Advice - Working With Agile Methods (Scrum, OpenAgile, Lean) by Mishkin Berteig. Click here to see the original post in full.

The “Bucket System” is a way to do estimation of large numbers of items with a small to medium sized group of people, and to do it quickly.  The Bucket System has the following qualities which make it particularly suitable for use in Agile environments:



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The Bucket System of estimation works as follows:



  1. Set up the physical environment as per the diagram below.  Ensure that all the items to be estimated are written on cards.

  2. Choose an item at random from the collection.  Read...

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