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To Estimate or #NoEstimates, That is the Question

The #NoEstmates twitter hashtag was intended by Woody Zuill “..for the topic of exploring alternatives to estimates [of time, effort, cost] for making decisions in software development. That is, ways to make decisions with ‘No Estimates’.” Based on twitter traffic it has been successful at generating activity. It’s a bit debatable as to whether it has really spawned much exploration. In this talk Todd will actually do some exploration using real data from over 50 projects at companies ranging from startups to large enterprises.  In addition to the analysis of the data, Todd was able to build a simulation model of the software development process to both replicate the data to and explore the conditions under which estimates add value and when they do not.

Based on the findings from the data and the simulations, along with an analysis of the types of business decisions that organizations need to make, Todd will provide some pragmatic advice for estimators and #NoEstimators alike.

Todd Little, Vice President of Product Development for IHSAbout the Presenter: Todd Little is Vice President of Product Development for IHS, a leading global provider of information, analytics, and expertise. He has been involved in most aspects of software development with a focus on commercial software applications for oil and gas exploration and production. He is a co-author of the Declaration of Interdependence for Agile Leadership and a founding member and past President of the Agile Leadership Network.  He has served on the Board of Directors of both the Agile Alliance and the Agile Leadership Network.

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