Scrum Reading: Estimating

I’m a big fan of Mike Cohn’s books and recently attended his Certified ScrumMaster training in Boulder.  I love Agile Estimating and Planning and have taken a lot of useful information from his Planning Poker approach to estimating.

In working with clients, I’ve found that estimating is still the hardest aspect for developers to get a handle on.  Has anyone used planning poker in estimating or are there other methods that you found to be more successful?

Would love to hear from the rest of the group as to what you see working and what’s not quite getting you the results you need.

Free Seminar: Building Blocks of Agile, Iterative & Incremental Development

If you’re a manager, team lead, project manager, developer or just someone who is interested in running your software projects better, you need to attend this first in a series of 1-hour agile workshops that will provide guidance on learning about and introducing agile practices into your environment.  This first presentation will provide an introduction to iterative and incremental development, one of the cornerstones of agile methods.  Please join Kevin McManus, Vice President of ikuw Solutions and Certified ScrumMaster for this Agile Series kickoff.  Please send RSVP to  The presentation will be held at ikuw Solutions’ Bozeman office, 1039 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 5 from 12:00-12:50pm on Friday, September 7th.  Snacks and Beverages will be provided.