The Conflict Around Estimates
You’re familiar with the love-hate relationship of estimates: businesses demand them but agile teams see them as something stakeholders use against them. In complex agile projects, an estimate that feels like a strict commitment can feel like a stranglehold.
Creating an estimate that works for stakeholder and developers isn’t easy. You may already be experiencing some of the most common challenges:
You struggle to make accurate estimations: they either feel impossible to achieve, or over-inflated.
Stakeholders want you to estimate (and lock-down) scale, scope and cost even when requirements are vague.
Management pushes back on your estimates: they feel your team can complete more work more, and are disappointed when these unrealistic goals are not met.
Too much time is spent in planning meetings at the cost of building something.