This article is well-timed for our discussions around Agile and best practices.  I hope you find it useful in how to handle equating points to hours.

VIDEO: Coaching Tips to Stop Teams Equating Points to Hours

Today’s post introduces the first installment in a free series of training videos to help teams use story points to create estimates. The training will be available until Wednesday, October 28, at 9 pm Pacific.

To watch the first video and find out when the next video is available, sign up here.

Over the next week, some new (and free) training videos will be released to tackle common problems teams face when estimating with story points.

Earlier this year, a survey to discover what challenges people had was sent out and got more than 2,400 responses from Scrum Masters, agile coaches, product owners, and managers, who highlighted the following issues:

  • Team members equating points to a time
  • People refusing to estimate or demanding to know every detail about a story before estimating
  • Tension with stakeholders who treat estimates as guarantees
  • People with different skills and experience unable to reach an agreement
  • A lot of wasted time and frustration

If you’re struggling with the same issues, I think you’ll enjoy these videos. It’s free to register, and you’ll have the chance to comment and discuss the lessons shared in each video.

Get instant access to Video #1

At the end of the training, there will also be an option to unlock more in-depth training (details about that coming soon).

Watch Video One now

Does your team struggle with equating points to time?

Please weigh in on this one in the comments since we’re going to be talking all things to do with story points and estimating over the next week. What signs do you see of teams struggling with this problem? Let me know in the comments.


Rob Broadhead

Rob is a founder of, and frequent contributor to, Develpreneur. This includes the Building Better Developers podcast. He is also a longtime student of technology as a developer, designer, and manager of software solutions. Rob is a founder and principle of RB Consulting and has managed to author a book about his family experiences. In his free time, he stays busy raising five children (although a few have grown into adults). When he has a chance to breathe, he is on the ice playing hockey to relax.

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