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comment How Do You Estimate Project Hours Using Pivotal Tracker If You Are a Services Firm?
However I do love how Pivotal Tracker works and really wanted to incorporate it into our process. Sometimes a clear deadline drives focus. There are times you need a feature out before a big conference so your sales team can sell the new product features. But at the same time, I think progress is also an important measuring stick, which in the case of Agile is related to Velocity.
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comment How Do You Estimate Project Hours Using Pivotal Tracker If You Are a Services Firm?
@sunwukung - Great thread you pointed me to! I think I am on the right track in regards to my process with PT based on that thread. I agree with you in that there is a "It will get done when it will get done" kind of attitude with Agile. Not everyone, but it is there. For the longest time, I used a process I called "Iterative Waterfall". We had deadlines and milestone dates with padded in "discovery time". I related each milestone to a customer testing session. If they wanted changes, we communicated the time cost of those changes and then readjusted the project deadline.
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comment How Do You Estimate Project Hours Using Pivotal Tracker If You Are a Services Firm?
Exactly! That is what I mentioned in my question. They want an "idea" not an exact estimate. My client understands the process of an iterative development cycle and that spec changes will happen and it will extend both cost/duration. What I am trying to do is come up with an estimate based on how Pivotal Tracker is structured and what others are doing to arrive at such estimates. The estimate is really for the client to get an "idea" of what the project could cost and when it might be completed.
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comment How Do You Estimate Project Hours Using Pivotal Tracker If You Are a Services Firm?
Thanks guys! In our case the client thoroughly understands iteration and what that means when features changes and how that relates to cost and time. But when starting any project, people want a ballpark estimate of duration and total cost. It does not have to be concrete, but they want something. I totally communicate that some things could take longer and that new features add to the cost. However estimated total cost and time are are most always asked up front.
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