About Estimation and Story Point Sizing

Photo by Daniel Mogford

Photo by Daniel Mogford

I was talking with some peers recently about story points and estimation.  It's a subject that confuses many people who are new to agile, and many trainers and agile coaches don't agree on what a story point represents, when backlog items should be sized, or if estimation should be done at all.  To help Scrum Masters and agile coaches who might be struggling with the topic, I collected a few articles on the subject to help you get going:

It's not a topic that I am especially passionate about, but it is one that Scrum Masters and agile coaches should be familiar with to help teams and organizations.

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.