If you’ve been hiding under a very large rock for these past few years, then you wouldn’t have heard of the #noestimates ‘movement’. However, everyone else that works in the field of agile development has probably heard of it, or even tried to embrace some of its ideas.
I’ve been keeping an eye on this oft-misunderstood hashtag through Twitter and the numerous blogs that have sprung up since the tag become popular. One such author that I’ve been digging quite a lot is Vasco Duarte.
Vasco wrote a book on the subject (currently in beta) and kindly made it available to anyone who was willing to give it a read and provide him with feedback. I was one of those people.
It was quite a read. In fact, it cemented the idea of #noestimates in my mind, making me more determined to try it out wherever possible (which, when you work in a development agency with external clients, is no simple task). However, “it” is quite hard to define. No estimates isn’t actually about absolutely NO estimation; it’s about acknowledging that estimates aren’t really worth the effort that many teams put into them. Anyway, that’s for another post. I mention Vasco because he also put out a call to all scrum masters, asking for volunteers to be interviewed by him for his new podcast series, “The Scrum Master Toolbox.”
I put my name forward and a few weeks later, there I was on one end of a Skype conversation with the man himself. I’m actually quite nervous when speaking into a microphone (and also, like many others, I detest the sound of my own voice), but Vasco put me at ease and soon we were just talking like buddies in a bar talking about, err, Scrum.
He fired some tricky questions my way, but I think I was able to field most of them. We spoke about failure, measuring success, interviewing, bad moments, good moments and a whole lot more.
I’ll post a link to the podcast when it’s published. In the meantime, enjoy the ‘casts that are up there on the site.
The Scrum Boy