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:
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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.