AFH 052: Software Estimation with Steve McConnell [PODCAST]

Steve McConnell (@stevemconstrux) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss #NoEstimates, how estimates help teams collaborate with stakeholders, and what professional estimation looks like on an agile team.

Steve McConnell – CEO of Construx

Steve is the CEO of Construx Software. He is the author of many award winning books including:  Code Complete, Rapid Software Development, and Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art. He blogs at 10x Software Development and widely acknowledged as a thought leader in estimation, software requirements, and software development.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • A critical view of #NoEstimates concepts
  • How estimation can help foster collaboration between stakeholders and developers
  • What estimation practices looks like in the context of a Scrum team
  • Strategies you can use to avoid bad estimation practices

Links from the show:

Often referred to as the “black art” because of its complexity and uncertainty, software estimation is not as difficult or puzzling as people think. In fact, generating accurate estimates is straightforward—once you understand the art of creating them. In his highly anticipated book, acclaimed author Steve McConnell unravels the mystery to successful software estimation—distilling academic information and real-world experience into a practical guide for working software professionals.

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