re: Why I don't like story-point-driven estimates VIEW POST


Under-estimating the complexity of a task that seems simple is my constant source of suffering.


Do you not compensate with some padding in your estimates? If you're convinced it's 3 days, go with that, but pad it with an extra day or two in your "advertised" estimate.

Early on I felt this was being dishonest, but I had a manager help me understand that stakeholders are rarely looking for as fast as possible. They're actually less concerned about how long it's going to take, and simply need reliable information to work off of, so error on the side of caution and if you beat the estimate then yay! On the other hand, giving out heroic estimates and missing them (even with what seems like good excuses) is bad for everyone, so always add some to your gut estimate and then maybe add a little more.

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