"Oh FFS Can We Please Stop Estimating!?"
"Oh ffs, can we please stop estimating!?" Is something we often hear the teams say at retros and planning sessions. But yet we keep estimating. Why do we estimate? The answer is quite often “because we need to give dates”. Except projects rarely hit those dates. So how do we enable teams to stop estimating? Is that even the right thing to do? Can we do better at forecasts?
We’ll get back to the basics and look at the mathematical model of Little’s Law and project sets ups. We’ll discuss how to measure and apply Little’s Law to forecasts in software development at the start and throughout the projects. How to combine that with sales, large scale delivery plans and more.
And finally we'll look at case studies of how Red Badger teams moved from story point estimates to forecasting using throughput at Sky and Tesco.