This tip is just one of the roughly 30 tips that comes from my Sprint Tasking Tips article.
- Make it clear that
- an estimate is not a commitment.
- no one is going to be tracking actuals for each task and comparing them to estimates.
- no one is going to be held professionally accountable for task estimates.
- when someone signs up for a task, and they feel the task estimate is way off, that person can re-estimate the task.
- unexpected things will happen that affect task estimates, and that no one is asking team members to be predictors of the future.
- If you’re a person that does performance appraisals for those on your team,
- Do the above under “Make it clear that…”
- Try to rarely be the first person to give a task estimate
- Try to never give an estimate. No seriously… try it.
- Provide information to your team members that will help their estimate accuracy, but resist trying to strongly sway an estimate.
- Encourage people to be as honest and accurate as they can.
- Mention that task estimates may be a topic for retrospectives, but only so that the team will learn and get better at them over time.
If you don’t heed this tip, you might as well skip all of the rest because you’re estimates will never get terribly accurate.
Over the coming days and from time to time, I’ll post a few of the tips individually, but I won’t pester you by sending out all of them any time soon.
As always, all feedback welcome.
May the Sprint Be With You!