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What Are Story Points?

Story points are a unit of measure for expressing an estimate of the overall effort that will be required to fully implement a product backlog item or any other piece of work. When we estimate with story points, we assign…

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What Is a Product?

If you work on a Scrum team, you undoubtedly know you should have a product backlog and product owner. But what, exactly, is a product? For some teams, this can be a rather fundamental question. After all, an organization cannot…

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How to Prevent Estimate Inflation

I spoke with a Scrum Master recently who told me his team had nearly doubled their velocity in only two months. Rather than be happy about this, though, he was concerned. He knew the team had not suddenly become twice…

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