Agile

To estimate or not to estimate? That is the question.

Or is it?

It’s not so much the act of estimation that’s the issue. We accept that estimation can be a useful tool to help teams gain a shared understanding of a work item, and to break work down. It’s what we do with those estimates afterwards that matters. Other than the value to the team, the most common reason for doing any estimation is in an attempt to be predictable: we want to be predictable so that we can budget for projects, and provide our stakeholders with some understanding of the progress of those projects.

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Miscellaneous

The Ten-Minute Thinking Rule

What’s the problem?

This idea was shared with me during a retrospective session at $employer when I was expressing some frustration at people starting to:

Ask first, think never

I’m at least as busy as the next person, and I have my own mountain of work to complete. Despite being regularly cantankerous, grumpy, cranky and disagreeable, people still come to me with a variety of questions … I think I have a good combination of detective skills, google-fu and luck that makes me appear more magical than I really am.

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