Sponsor: Do you build complex software systems? See how NServiceBus makes it easier to design, build, and manage software systems that use message queues to achieve loose coupling. Get started for free.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.