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NoEstimates: How To Measure Project Progress Without Estimating

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How to always be on time, and not risk missing important deadlines or go over budget

This book is the result of many years of hard work, and plenty of lessons learned. I wrote it because I believe we can do better than the accepted "status quo" in the software industry.

It took me years to learn what I needed to learn to come up with my version of the #NoEstimates approa

Kindle Edition, 180 pages
Published June 13th 2016 by OikosofySeries
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Rod Hilton
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: programming
I'm a big fan of the #NoEstimates movement. I've seen multiple talks, I fight against "story points" and other forms of estimate waste whenever possible, and I trumpet the "new" movement in agile of having no estimates. I recognize that estimates are a tremendously bad way of achieving predictability in software development - in short, estimates simply do not accomplish what they are meant to accomplish, and are thus a total waste of time. But I do have a dirty little secret... I don't really ha ...more
Bjoern Rochel
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, eng-mgmt
This book was a suggested read by a colleague. So, what can I say about it?

It's hard to dismiss that our industry has a knack for turning estimates into commitments. I assume that's partly because our brain just anchors to the first numbers it heard (see Kahnemans Thinking fast & slow). Probably that's just how we humans tick. Undesirable, but unfortunate reality.

I always tried to work my way around estimates with corridors and probabilities wherever I can, especially to communicate uncertainty
Nov 27, 2015 rated it liked it
This is all about Agile development and #NoEstimates. The book spends about 60% just telling you that traditional software estimates are wrong and restates the same basic arguments many times. You'll see the same diagrams hauled out in the first chapters then again later, and again.

If you're interested in Agile development and dropping estimates this is an okay book. I have a feeling that there is better out there though.
Diego Pacheco
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Really great book! Practical, realistic and mandatory read for any tech professional. Really great reading, easy to read, great theory behind it.
Chuck Clark
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting but not a lot that is new for people who have read up on agile software development. The approach of telling a story of a project manager in a fictional company kept otherwise dry material interesting. But at the end of the day it felt light on guidance on how to actually implement "No estimates". It seems to boil down to continue writing stories until you get to the point where none of your stories are longer than a day. That is a drastic oversimplification but if someone who has re ...more
Nathalie Karasek
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was really looking forward to reading this book and well, now am I am slightly disappointed. As an agile practitioner I felt that there is not much new inside. The book also covers some agile practices in general which I would not expect of a book focussed on estimation. If you rally want to know what #NoEstimates is about chapter 5 should be enough. Also it lets you hope that there is some real advice on how to handle the bidding phase but then no advice is given. Still: It is well written an ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: business-read
This book describes the agile process but in a very painful method. It drags out concepts rather then explaining them briefly and concisely. Also the book needs an editor, it uses a lot of broken English, which further detracts from the books purpose.
Mark Mzyk
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
NoEstimates is a useful guide to the ideas of slicing work and using forecasting to determine the likely completion date of a project, based on the rate that the sliced work is completed. I found it to be approach in introducing these ideas. It gives a good break down of the various ways to slice work and how to do so and makes a compelling case for the power of slicing work combined with forecasting. I also like the simple rolling wave forecasting that is discussed. This is a simpler way to do ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-process
This books makes you think about why we use estimates and challenges you to find alternatives. I like Vasco’s focus on Value. I do think that sometimes we work to achieve an agreed target (be it scope, cost or deadline) in the detriment of real customer value.

So, how can you minimize the amount of estimates? You should timebox features. Working within this boundary should encourage the team to come up with creative options. As for user stories, timeboxing them to 1 day is a great target, but I f
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Although I liked the book and the fact that it was not too long, I could not help feel it fell a bit short of my initial expectation. Guess I was expecting a bit more of actionable recipe, and not so much insistence against a background of waterfall process, that everyone knows does not work. Maybe my expectations were not that realistic, but that being said, one has to be fair to the book and recognize that some of the advice and tactics here can deal with all that is broken about "agile" in ma ...more
Luciano Leveroni
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
El mensaje y las ideas son profundas y muy interesantes. Sin embargo, a la historia que ejemplifica el proceso el falta mucho más detalle y claridad en los momentos claves.
Por otra parte, podría estar bastante mejor escrito, parece más un borrador que un libro.
Florian Sauter
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Product Manager, Product Owner, Scrum Master
Shelves: agile
Some very good thoughts and ideas to try. I have the feeling that the one requirement for #NoEstimates is all about splitting your (INVEST) PBIs - so you might want to have a very good and full time Product Owner on your side :-)
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very nice overview of the #noestimate way of doing things, easy to read, not too long, and pretty hands on. Now, will have to test implementation ...
Juliane Roell
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Jo, bon. Jetzt, wo ich durch bin, mag ich das ganze tatsächlich, obwohl das ein langes, wirres Ding ist. Die letzten Kapitel sind sehr klar: Stories teilen, Fortschritt im Liefern von Stories messen, agil planen, alles klar, und alles nicht sooo neu.

Die Story, in die das ganze eingebettet ist: puh. Wäre eigentlich nicht nötig gewesen. Und das Problem (das mich am meisten interessiert hat), nämlich *zum Projektbeginn* zu schätzen, wird einfach nicht beantwortet (obwohl es als Problem aufgeworfen
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