By Mike Cohn

<h3>Praise for Agile Estimating and Planning </h3>
"Traditional, deterministic techniques to making plans and estimating easily don't minimize it at the slippery slopes of today's dynamic, change-driven initiatives. Mike Cohn's leap forward booklet supplies us not just the philosophy, but additionally the tips and a confirmed set of instruments that we have to reach making plans, estimating, and scheduling initiatives with a excessive uncertainty issue. even as, the writer by no means loses sight of the necessity to convey company worth to the client every one step of the way."

—Doug DeCarlo, writer of eXtreme undertaking administration: utilizing management, rules and instruments to bring price within the Face of Volatility (Jossey-Bass, 2004)

"We know the way to construct predictive plans and deal with them. yet development plans that merely estimate the longer term after which embody switch, problem so much of our education and abilities. In Agile Estimating and Planning , Mike Cohn once more fills a gap within the Agile practices, this time through exhibiting us a attainable method of Agile estimating and making plans. Mike delves into the nooks and crannies of the topic and anticipates some of the questions and nuances of this subject. scholars of Agile tactics will realize that this ebook is really approximately agility, bridging a few of the practices among Scrum and ExtremeProgramming."

—Ken Schwaber, Scrum evangelist, Agile Alliance cofounder, and signatory to the Agile Manifesto

"In Agile Estimating and Planning , Mike Cohn has, for the 1st time, introduced jointly such a lot every little thing that the Agile neighborhood has realized concerning the topic. The ebook is apparent, good prepared, and a delightful and worthwhile learn. It is going into the entire important aspect, and while retains the reader's burden low. we will dig in as deeply as we have to, with out an excessive amount of element ahead of we'd like it. The ebook fairly brings jointly every thing we now have realized approximately Agile estimation and making plans during the last decade. it's going to serve its readers well."

—Ron Jeffries, www.XProgramming.com, writer of Extreme Programming put in (Addison-Wesley, 2001) and Extreme Programming Adventures in C# (Microsoft Press, 2004)

" Agile Estimating and Planning offers a view of making plans that's balanced among concept and perform, and it truly is supported by means of sufficient concrete reports to lend it credibility. I rather just like the quote 'planning is a quest for value.' It issues to a brand new, extra optimistic angle towards making plans that is going past the 'necessary evil' view that I occasionally hold."

—Kent Beck, writer of Extreme Programming defined, moment Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2005)

"Up-front making plans continues to be the main serious a part of software program improvement. Agile software program improvement calls for Agile making plans options. This publication exhibits you ways to hire Agile making plans in a succinct, sensible, and easy-to-follow manner."

—Adam Rogers, final software program

"Mike does an excellent follow-up to User tales utilized by carrying on with to supply Agile groups with the sensible techniques and methods to extend agility. during this booklet, Mike offers time-proven and well-tested tools for being winning with the a number of degrees of making plans and estimating required through Agile. This e-book is the 1st to aspect the disciplines of Agile estimating and making plans, in ways in which rival my 1980 civil engineering texts on CPM making plans and Estimating."

—Ryan Martens, President and Founder, Rally software program improvement Corporation

"With perception and readability, Mike Cohn exhibits easy methods to successfully produce software program of excessive enterprise worth. With Agile estimation and making plans, you concentration attempt the place it relatively counts, and proceed to take action as situations change."

—Rick Mugridge, Rimu learn Ltd., and lead writer, Fit for constructing Software (Prentice corridor, 2005)

"Finally! The groundbreaking ebook my consumers were clamoring for! Agile Estimating and Planning demystifies the method of defining, riding, and offering nice software program that concerns to the enterprise. Mike's readability, perception, and event bounce out via each web page of this booklet, supplying an procedure that's proper and instantly invaluable to all individuals of an Agile project."

—Kert D. Peterson, President, firm Agile team, LLC

"This isn't yet one more commonly used e-book on Agile software program improvement. Agile Estimating and Planning fills a spot left through lots of the different books and offers you very important, functional, down-to-earth options had to be winning on Agile improvement projects."

—Steve Tockey, significant advisor, Construx software program

"Estimation, making plans, and monitoring is a trinity. if you happen to don't do one in every of them, you don't desire the opposite . This publication offers very sensible wisdom for estimation, making plans, prioritizing, and monitoring. it may be obligatory subject material for venture managers and their groups, whether they hesitate to name themselves Agile."

—Niels Malotaux, venture Coach

"Effective making plans is a vital, yet usually misunderstood, a part of any profitable Agile undertaking. With Agile Estimating and Planning , Mike Cohn has given us a definitive advisor to a variety of Agile estimating and making plans practices. together with his transparent and useful kind, Mike not just explains tips on how to effectively start making plans an Agile undertaking, but in addition presents a wealth of information and suggestion for bettering any team's Agile making plans technique. This ebook is a must-read for managers, coaches, and individuals of Agile teams."

—Paul Hodgetts, Agile trainer and CEO, Agile common sense

"Mike's writing type captures the essence of agility-just the correct amount of data to deliver readability to the reader. This ebook presents a very good advisor for all Agile practitioners, either pro and novice."

—Robert Holler, President and CEO, VersionOne, LLC

"It is as though Mike took the distilled wisdom relating to making plans and estimation of an exceptional Agile developer (which he's) and laid out all he is aware in an simply comprehensible demeanour. extra importantly, he has a very good mixture of ideas with real-world examples comprehensive off with a case research so the reader can relate the knowledge to their very own state of affairs. except you're already knowledgeable Agile planner and estimator, this ebook is for you."

—Alan Shalloway, CEO, Senior advisor, internet pursuits, and coauthor of Design styles defined, moment Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2005)

"Although I had lots of XP adventure earlier than testing Mike Cohn's Agile making plans practices, the effectiveness of the sensible and confirmed recommendations during this ebook blew me away! The publication acknowledges that folks, no longer instruments or approaches, produce nice software program, and that groups profit so much via studying approximately their undertaking and their product as they cross. The examples within the ebook are concrete, simply grasped, and easily reek of logic. This publication can assist groups (whether Agile or now not) carry extra worth, extra usually, and feature enjoyable doing it! no matter if you're a supervisor or a programmer, a tester or a CEO, a part of an Agile group, or simply searching for how to stamp out chaos and dying marches, this booklet will consultant you."

—Lisa Crispin, coauthor of Testing severe Programming (Addison-Wesley, 2003)

"Mike Cohn does a very good activity demonstrating how an Agile method can deal with problems with chance and uncertainty which will supply extra significant estimates and plans for software program projects."

—Todd Little, Senior improvement supervisor, Landmark snap shots

"Mike Cohn explains his method of Agile making plans, and exhibits how 'critical chain' considering can be utilized to successfully buffer either agenda and lines. As with User tales Applied, this ebook is straightforward to learn and down to earth in real-world experience."

—Bill Wake, writer of Refactoring Workbook (Addison-Wesley, 2003)

"Mike brings this ebook to lifestyles with real-world examples that support show how and why an Agile technique works for making plans software program improvement tasks. This e-book has nice breadth, starting from the basics of free up making plans to complicated themes similar to monetary features of prioritization. i will be able to see this e-book changing into a useful relief to Agile venture managers, because it offers a wealth of useful tips similar to tips on how to set new release size and boot-strap speed, and converse progress."

—Rachel Davies, autonomous advisor

"There has been a necessity for an outstanding, pragmatic publication at the long term imaginative and prescient of an Agile undertaking for undertaking managers. Agile Estimating and Planning addresses this desire. It's now not theory—this e-book comprises project-tested practices which have been used on Agile initiatives. As Mike's attempt matters, we utilized those practices to the improvement of games (one of the main unpredictable undertaking environments you could think) with success."

—Clinton Keith, leader Technical Officer, excessive Moon Studios

"When I first heard Mike Cohn communicate, i used to be inspired via an extraordinary blend of characteristics: deep event and realizing in smooth iterative and Agile tools; a force to discover and validate effortless, high-impact suggestions past the established order of conventional (usually useless) equipment; and the eagerness and readability of a usual trainer. those features are obvious during this excellent, sensible advisor. I estimate you won't be disillusioned in learning and utilising his advice."

—Craig Larman, leader Scientist, Valtech, and writer of Applying UML and styles, 3rd Edition (Prentice corridor, 2005) and Agile and Iterative Development (Addison-Wesley, 2004)

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1 This page intentionally left blank Chapter 1 The Purpose of Planning “Planning is everything. ” —Field Marshal Helmuth Graf von Moltke Estimating and planning are critical to the success of any software development project of any size or consequence. Plans guide our investment decisions: We might initiate a specific project if we estimate it to take six months and ¤1 million1 but would reject the same project if we thought it would take two years and ¤4 million. Plans help us know who needs to be available to work on a project during a given period.

35. Conditions of Satisfaction | planning is to determine an appropriate answer to the questions of scope, schedule, and resources for a project. Release planning occurs at the start of a project but is not an isolated effort. A good release plan is updated throughout the project (usually at the start of each iteration) so that it always reflects the current expectations about what will be included in the release. At the next level is iteration planning, which is conducted at the start of each iteration.

The question cannot be answered all at once. It must be answered iteratively and incrementally. At the start of a project we may decide that a product should contain a specific set of features and be released on August 31. But in June we may decide that a slightly later date with slightly more features will be better. Or we may decide that slightly sooner with slightly fewer features will be better. A good planning process supports this by ◆ Reducing risk ◆ Reducing uncertainty ◆ Supporting better decision making ◆ Establishing trust ◆ Conveying information Reducing Risk Planning increases the likelihood of project success by providing insights into the project’s risks.

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