by Feb 10, 2023

I’m reading about Shape Up. The agile methodology of Basecamp.

They have a unique way of thinking about estimates. They call it Appetite.

A stakeholder is asking for an estimation for an idea. The first thing you do is make a design to do the estimation.

An Appetite flips this concept. The stakeholder gives the time budget for an idea.

This means we don’t need to create a design beforehand. We do this when we implement the idea.

Because we have a time budget, we have a creative constraint on the design process. This is true agile: “Fixed time, variable scope”.

The only reason the stakeholder wants an estimate is to decide if the time is worth spending on the idea.

By setting the time up-front, the stakeholder is giving a clear sign of what the idea is worth to him.

Appetites: Interesting concept!

Subscribe to
The Daily Friction

A daily newsletter on automation and eliminating friction

Related Content

Scrum conceals bad teams.

Scrum conceals bad teams. Far too often, we confuse Scrum with a magic wand that transforms any team into a high-performing 'dream team'. It's tempting to believe that the sprint system, with its regular completion and initiation of tasks, gives us an agile and...

read more

🚀 Process Automations in Microsoft Loop!

🚀 Process Automations in Microsoft Loop! Now you can create Power Automate-backed rules to streamline repetitive tasks in your Loop table. See Loop is slowly...

read more

You don’t control the truth in Production!

You don't control the truth in Production! Now a days multiple teams/projects are working on the same Dataverse production environment. So thinking you can manage the complete production truth in your ALM pipeline is strange. Not every environment is 💯 equal to...

read more
Share This