Scrum, Story Points, and THE Answers to the Universe

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Scrum, Story Points, and THE Answers to the Universe -- Story Points versus Hours --www.implementingscrum.com -- Cartoon -- October  11, 2010

Quick.

When you think of estimating and planning techniques in Scrum, what method do you think of first?

Wait.

“There is an official way Scrum says you *must* do estimating and planning,” you may be thinking.

You’d be incorrect.

And.

Thats OK.

See, there is nothing in Scrum that says you have to use any certain technique for estimating and planning.

My recommendation though:

DO SOMETHING.

People will continue arguing about the different techniques for-e-v-e-rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

So what.

If you have something that works today, use it.

If you do not have a clue about how to do estimation and planning, or think:

“Hey we are using Scrum and we do not need to tell the customer when we are going to finish….”

Um… try telling your customer that.  Let me know how that goes, because I can pretty much guarantee that answer will not invoke any confidence in your delivery as a team.

Remember, your customer does not care about story points or gummy bears or peanuts or t-shirt sizes or dart boards or ouiga boards or whatever.

Ask the customer what they really care about.

THE answer to that question may rock your universe.

So.

What kind of estimation and planning techniques are you using today?

What works?

What fails?

Please feel free to discuss these and other answers about this topic in the comments of this thread.

Phew.

See.

I did something today for YOU.

Instead of estimating and planning on when this next cartoon strip would get to you… I just did it.

THAT is why people are reading this (you are my customer as someone who reads this blog, and I thank you for that!).


PS –> Yeah, I am coming out of a long term slumber from publishing cartoons on this site (for instance, THIS cartoon has been sitting and yelling at me for over a year to GET STARTED again already.  Stop planning on, “The next day…”).  Man, talk about analysis paralysis.  I was there with this site.  For those that are new here, welcome!  For those who have been with me for years, let me say an incredibly humble, “Thank you” for sticking with me.  Help me keep these coming to you — if you have ideas (I still have soooooo many) or want to contribute in any way, please contact me and let’s chat.  There are some changes coming to the site, and I’ll let you in on that news shortly.  All good.

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