By Mike Cohn
<h3>Praise for Agile Estimating and Planning </h3>
"Traditional, deterministic methods to making plans and estimating easily don't minimize it at the slippery slopes of today's dynamic, change-driven initiatives. Mike Cohn's leap forward e-book provides us not just the philosophy, but in addition the information and a confirmed set of instruments that we have to reach making plans, estimating, and scheduling initiatives with a excessive uncertainty issue. even as, the writer by no means loses sight of the necessity to carry enterprise price to the client every one step of the way."
—Doug DeCarlo, writer of eXtreme venture administration: utilizing management, rules and instruments to carry price within the Face of Volatility (Jossey-Bass, 2004)
"We know the way to construct predictive plans and deal with them. yet construction plans that in basic terms estimate the longer term after which embody 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 via exhibiting us a conceivable 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 really approximately agility, bridging some 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 such a lot every thing that the Agile group has realized in regards to the topic. The publication is obvious, good geared up, and a delightful and priceless learn. It is going into all of the valuable aspect, and whilst retains the reader's burden low. we will be able to dig in as deeply as we have to, with no an excessive amount of aspect sooner than we want it. The publication fairly brings jointly every little thing now we have 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 idea and perform, and it's supported through sufficient concrete stories to lend it credibility. I relatively 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 thoughts. This ebook exhibits you the way to hire Agile making plans in a succinct, sensible, and easy-to-follow manner."
—Adam Rogers, final software program
"Mike does an outstanding follow-up to User tales utilized by carrying on with to supply Agile groups with the sensible techniques and methods to extend agility. during this booklet, Mike presents time-proven and well-tested tools for being profitable with the a number of degrees of making plans and estimating required via Agile. This e-book 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 right way to successfully produce software program of excessive enterprise price. With Agile estimation and making plans, you concentration attempt the place it rather counts, and proceed to take action as situations change."
—Rick Mugridge, Rimu study Ltd., and lead writer, Fit for constructing Software (Prentice corridor, 2005)
"Finally! The groundbreaking booklet my consumers were clamoring for! Agile Estimating and Planning demystifies the method of defining, riding, and providing nice software program that issues to the company. Mike's readability, perception, and event bounce out via each web page of this ebook, providing an strategy that's suitable and instantly necessary to all contributors of an Agile project."
—Kert D. Peterson, President, firm Agile crew, LLC
"This isn't one more accepted ebook on Agile software program improvement. Agile Estimating and Planning fills a spot left by means of many of the different books and provides you very important, sensible, down-to-earth options had to be winning on Agile improvement projects."
—Steve Tockey, imperative advisor, Construx software program
"Estimation, making plans, and monitoring is a trinity. for those who don't do one in all them, you don't want the opposite . This publication offers very useful wisdom for estimation, making plans, prioritizing, and monitoring. it's going to 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 crucial, yet frequently misunderstood, a part of any winning Agile venture. With Agile Estimating and Planning , Mike Cohn has given us a definitive advisor to a variety of Agile estimating and making plans practices. along with his transparent and sensible type, Mike not just explains the best way to effectively start making plans an Agile undertaking, but additionally presents a wealth of counsel and recommendation for bettering any team's Agile making plans procedure. This e-book is a must-read for managers, coaches, and participants of Agile teams."
—Paul Hodgetts, Agile trainer and CEO, Agile common sense
"Mike's writing sort captures the essence of agility-just the correct amount of data to carry readability to the reader. This e-book offers a great 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 an exceptional Agile developer (which he's) and laid out all he is familiar with in an simply comprehensible demeanour. extra importantly, he has an outstanding mixture of recommendations with real-world examples accomplished off with a case learn so the reader can relate the data to their very own scenario. except you're already a professional Agile planner and estimator, this booklet is for you."
—Alan Shalloway, CEO, Senior advisor, internet targets, and coauthor of Design styles defined, moment Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2005)
"Although I had lots of XP adventure ahead of checking out Mike Cohn's Agile making plans practices, the effectiveness of the sensible and confirmed options during this ebook blew me away! The ebook acknowledges that folks, now not instruments or techniques, produce nice software program, and that groups profit so much by means of studying approximately their undertaking and their product as they move. The examples within the booklet are concrete, simply grasped, and easily reek of good judgment. This booklet may also help groups (whether Agile or no longer) bring extra price, extra frequently, and feature enjoyable doing it! even if you're a supervisor or a programmer, a tester or a CEO, a part of an Agile staff, or simply trying to find how to stamp out chaos and demise marches, this e-book will advisor you."
—Lisa Crispin, coauthor of Testing severe Programming (Addison-Wesley, 2003)
"Mike Cohn does a very good activity demonstrating how an Agile technique can handle problems with chance and uncertainty to be able to offer extra significant estimates and plans for software program projects."
—Todd Little, Senior improvement supervisor, Landmark photos
"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 ebook to existence with real-world examples that support demonstrate how and why an Agile technique works for making plans software program improvement initiatives. This publication has nice breadth, starting from the basics of unencumber making plans to complicated subject matters equivalent to monetary points of prioritization. i will be able to see this publication turning into a useful reduction to Agile venture managers, because it presents a wealth of sensible information equivalent to tips on how to set new release size and boot-strap speed, and speak progress."
—Rachel Davies, self reliant advisor
"There has been a necessity for an excellent, pragmatic booklet at the long term imaginative and prescient of an Agile undertaking for undertaking managers. Agile Estimating and Planning addresses this desire. It's no longer theory—this booklet includes project-tested practices which have been used on Agile tasks. As Mike's try out topics, we utilized those practices to the advance 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 communicate, i used to be inspired through a unprecedented mixture of traits: deep adventure and knowing in sleek iterative and Agile equipment; a force to discover and validate effortless, high-impact suggestions past the established order of conventional (usually useless) equipment; and the fervour and readability of a common trainer. those traits are glaring during this fabulous, 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 how you can effectively supply price to shoppers of IT prone. This booklet is full of transparent ...
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Extra info for Agile Estimating and Planning
Is a particular feature worth delaying the release? Should we hire one more developer so that a particular feature can be included in the upcoming release? Should we release in June or hold off until August and have more features? Should we buy this development tool? To make these decisions we need estimates of both the costs and benefits. Establishing Trust Frequent reliable delivery of promised features builds trust between the developers of a product and the customers of that product. Reliable estimates enable reliable delivery.
In this case you can look at my plan and draw conclusions about the confidence you should have in it. What Makes a Good Plan? A good plan is one that stakeholders find sufficiently reliable that they can use it as the basis for making decisions. Early in a project, this may mean that the plan says that the product can be released in the third quarter, rather than the second, and that it will contain approximately a described set of features. Later in the project, to remain useful for decision making, this plan will need to be more precise.
A first release may take six months to be developed. It may be followed by another release three months later, and so on. An Agile Team Focuses on Business Priorities Agile teams demonstrate a commitment to business priorities in two ways. First, they deliver features in the order specified by the product owner, who is expected to prioritize and combine features into a release that optimizes the return on the organization’s investment in the project. To achieve this, a release plan is created based on the team’s capabilities and a prioritized list of desired new features.