Post It Note Estimation is a great way to demonstrate relative estimation. Human beings are notoriously bad at estimating how long tasks will take in days, hours and minutes – and the greater the difference in task complexity, the worse we become at estimating! Relative estimation means we estimate a task relative to the size of another known task. Let’s take a look at this post it note activity to learn more:
How can you start using relative estimation every day as a group?
How much time do you spend debating size of work within your team?
Always hold up the existing size next to the one you are asking the team to estimate. Once they have given the new size a value based on the old size, write this onto the post it note or paper to avoid them having to remember and recalculate each time.
For example on the A4 paper would have written 12 so when you hold this up next to the quarter split on the flip chart then they can quickly say 2 then calculate 2 x 12 value to get to 24.
This is a powerful quick exercise to help teams remember the importance of comparing pieces of work to other work being planned and to pieces of work previously done.
Kudos to Matt Roadnight for first showing me this fab exercise.
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