How Long Will It Take? - The Mechanics of Good Estimation
*Note to organizers: This is a 30 minute version covering one part (the "How") of my longer estimation talk. It pairs well with it's "Why" counterpart.
"How long will it take?" ... ... crickets ... Developers hate being asked this because they see it as an impossible question to answer. Unfortunately, the business needs to make decisions and they need data to drive them. In this talk, we'll discuss multiple ways to perform estimates. We'll look at the amount of work it takes to get to various levels of precision, and compare other pros and cons of each method. You'll leave this talk with tools that will make your estimation easier, your life better, and your boss happier.