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Story Points Made Simple

The Standish group famously said that 68% of projects fail to meet estimates. But did they fail to deliver, or were 68% of estimates unrealistic? I've worked with teams that use story points and on teams that don't. The common factor on both kinds of teams was confusion. What is a story point, and why use them when we naturally think about estimates in terms of time? We're Terrible At Time Human beings are terrible at time-based estimates. Consider the question “how long does it take you to drive to work?” I might say “usually 20 minutes,” and you might take that as a "reasonable estimat…

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