Jim Benson (@ourfounder), author of Personal Kanban, was the keynote speaker at this years Agile and Beyond conference. Overall, I had a great time again this year and found the sessions I attended to be very insightful and reaffirmed some of my opinions.
One little thought I wanted to share was from Jim Benson’s keynote:
Velocity is the single most useless number invented by human beings.
Effort points are estimates. Guesswork. The velocity metric is a calculation of that guesswork.
We took something as inherently variable as an estimate and we gave it an integer value.
I thought this was pretty amusing when I really started to think about it.