Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn

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<h3>Praise for Agile Estimating and Planning </h3>
"Traditional, deterministic ways 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 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. even as, the writer by no means loses sight of the necessity to carry enterprise worth to the client every one step of the way."

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

"We know the way to construct predictive plans and deal with them. yet development plans that merely estimate the longer term after which include switch, problem so much of our education and abilities. In Agile Estimating and Planning , Mike Cohn once more fills a gap within the Agile practices, this time through exhibiting us a possible 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 tactics will realize that this e-book is really approximately agility, bridging the various 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 little thing that the Agile neighborhood has realized in regards to the topic. The publication is apparent, good equipped, and a delightful and priceless learn. It is going into the entire valuable aspect, and even as retains the reader's burden low. we will dig in as deeply as we have to, with no an excessive amount of element ahead of we'd like it. The booklet relatively brings jointly every thing we now have realized 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 offers a view of making plans that's balanced among thought and perform, and it truly is supported by means of adequate concrete studies to lend it credibility. I really just like the quote 'planning is a quest for value.' It issues to a brand new, extra confident 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 continues to be the main severe a part of software program improvement. Agile software program improvement calls for Agile making plans suggestions. This e-book indicates you the way to hire Agile making plans in a succinct, functional, and easy-to-follow manner."

—Adam Rogers, final software program

"Mike does an excellent follow-up to User tales utilized by carrying on with to supply Agile groups with the sensible ways and methods to extend agility. during this publication, Mike presents time-proven and well-tested tools for being winning with the a number of degrees of making plans and estimating required via Agile. This publication 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 indicates find out how to successfully produce software program of excessive company 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 examine Ltd., and lead writer, Fit for constructing Software (Prentice corridor, 2005)

"Finally! The groundbreaking e-book my consumers were clamoring for! Agile Estimating and Planning demystifies the method of defining, riding, and providing nice software program that issues to the enterprise. Mike's readability, perception, and adventure bounce out via each web page of this booklet, providing an procedure that's proper and instantly worthwhile to all contributors of an Agile project."

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

"This isn't yet one more wide-spread e-book on Agile software program improvement. Agile Estimating and Planning fills a niche left through many of the different books and provides you very important, sensible, down-to-earth strategies had to be profitable on Agile improvement projects."

—Steve Tockey, imperative advisor, Construx software program

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

—Niels Malotaux, venture 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 advisor to quite a lot of Agile estimating and making plans practices. together with his transparent and functional variety, Mike not just explains how you can effectively start making plans an Agile undertaking, but in addition offers a wealth of assistance and suggestion for making improvements to any team's Agile making plans method. This e-book is a must-read for managers, coaches, and participants 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 e-book presents a superb consultant for all Agile practitioners, either professional and novice."

—Robert Holler, President and CEO, VersionOne, LLC

"It is as though Mike took the distilled wisdom concerning making plans and estimation of an excellent Agile developer (which he's) and laid out all he is aware in an simply comprehensible demeanour. extra importantly, he has an outstanding mixture of suggestions with real-world examples entire off with a case examine so the reader can relate the knowledge to their very own scenario. until you're already knowledgeable Agile planner and estimator, this e-book is for you."

—Alan Shalloway, CEO, Senior advisor, web ambitions, 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 ideas during this booklet blew me away! The booklet acknowledges that individuals, now not instruments or methods, produce nice software program, and that groups profit such a lot by means of studying approximately their venture and their product as they move. The examples within the publication are concrete, simply grasped, and easily reek of good judgment. This e-book can assist groups (whether Agile or now not) carry extra price, extra frequently, 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 trying to find how to stamp out chaos and loss of life marches, this booklet will consultant you."

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

"Mike Cohn does an exceptional task demonstrating how an Agile technique can tackle problems with threat and uncertainty with the intention to offer extra significant estimates and plans for software program projects."

—Todd Little, Senior improvement supervisor, Landmark pix

"Mike Cohn explains his method of Agile making plans, and exhibits how 'critical chain' pondering can be utilized to successfully buffer either agenda and lines. As with User tales Applied, this booklet is simple to learn and level-headed 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 demonstrate how and why an Agile method works for making plans software program improvement tasks. This publication has nice breadth, starting from the basics of free up making plans to complicated themes akin to monetary facets of prioritization. i will be able to see this e-book turning into a useful reduction to Agile undertaking managers, because it offers a wealth of functional counsel resembling tips to set generation size and boot-strap pace, and converse progress."

—Rachel Davies, self reliant advisor

"There has been a necessity for a fantastic, pragmatic booklet at the long term imaginative and prescient of an Agile venture for undertaking managers. Agile Estimating and Planning addresses this want. It's now not theory—this ebook comprises project-tested practices which were used on Agile tasks. As Mike's attempt topics, 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 by way of a unprecedented blend of features: deep event and knowing in sleek iterative and Agile tools; a force to discover and validate effortless, high-impact strategies past the established order of conventional (usually useless) equipment; and the fervour and readability of a common trainer. those traits are obvious during this extraordinary, functional consultant. I estimate you won't be disenchanted in learning and employing 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 consultant on the right way to effectively supply worth to buyers of IT providers. This booklet is full of transparent ...

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Chapter 11 includes advice on how to assess and then prioritize the desirability of features to a product’s users. Chapter 12 concludes this part with advice on how to split large features into smaller, more manageable ones. In Part IV, we shift our attention and focus on questions around scheduling a project. Chapter 13 begins by looking at the steps involved in scheduling a relatively simple, single-team project. Next, Chapter 14 looks at how to plan an iteration. Chapters 15 and 16 look at how to select an appropriate iteration length for the project and how to estimate a team’s initial rate of progress.

As the developed software grows each iteration, it can be shown to likely or actual users. Feedback from these users is fed back into the development process to make sure that the team is always working on the highest-valued features and that those features will satisfy user expectations. Customer collaboration is valued over contract negotiation because agile teams would like all parties to the project to be working toward the same set of goals. Contract negotiation sometimes sets the development team and the project customer at odds right from the start.

We want to encourage projects on which investment, schedule, and feature decisions are periodically reassessed. A project that delivers all features on the initial plan is not necessarily a success. The product’s users and customer would probably not be satisfied if wonderful new feature ideas had been rejected in favor of mediocre ones simply because the mediocre features were in the initial plan. Supporting Better Decision Making Estimates and plans help us make decisions. How does an organization decide whether a particular project is worth doing if it does not have estimates of the value and the cost of the project?

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