Agile and Beyond 2013

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.