Estimate

The Product Backlog Estimate

The estimate is in Points -- a measureless thingy to gauge the team's effort to define, build, test, and potentially deploy a thing of value. The estimate does not mean, 'it will take us this much time to build this thing.' The estimate is a starting point, a best guess, from which the Story -- even the Iteration and even the whole backlog for this matter -- can be empirically managed. The Scrum team selects the amount of backlog items (Stories) that it believes it can handle (the load vis-a-vis their capacity) in an Iteration based on these estimates. Load…
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