The NoEstimates Game: Improve Predictability with Less Effort
Wondering what NoEstimates means in practice, or why you would want to adopt NoEstimates? Perhaps you’ve heard the buzz or read Vasco Duarte’s book. Maybe you simply want to understand how you can spend less time estimating and more time delivering working software—all while providing your customers with some understanding of predictability. If so, Matthew Phillip says you can play a board game that helps you find out through simulation—what and to what degree different factors influence delivery time. Join Matthew to learn how to move from upfront intuition-based estimates to create a data-based probabilistic forecast that provides a more reliable way to talk about when stuff will be done—and expend less effort to do so. Through simulations of real-life occurrences—rework, blockers, and delays—NoEstimates helps you understand how to reduce variation that creates risk in software delivery. It may just be the most fun you have learning something that you can start using as soon as you return to the office!