Retroactively changing estimates in Silver Catalyst

Posted on May 26th, 2009 in Silver Catalyst by siddharta || No Comment

How often has this happened to you: You finish up some work on the last day of the iteration, forget to update the task status and go home, happy at a job well done. You turn up the next day and realise you didn’t update a bunch of stuff. Now what?

If you’re using a paper chart: Just make the changes now, update the burndown and calculate the velocity. Simple!

What if you are using a tool? Ahh, suddenly you are in a bit of a pickle. If you change the estimates for the tasks, they will be timestamped at the current time. This means the estimate is not taken into consideration for the burndown and velocity calculation for the previous iteration. Your taskboard may even show the wrong status. Arrgh!!

This simple example is a perfect illustration of one of the big advantages that a simple paper chart can have over a tool – the ability to fudge data (in a good way). Many tools give endless grief when you want to do something simple that goes against the ‘rules’ of the tool.

So, its with some excitement that I want to announce a new feature in Silver Catalyst – the ability to change estimates in the past. Forgetting to update an estimate, and then seeing the burndown and velocity wrong for a just concluded iteration is something that happens to every team once in a while and we really wanted to support the flexibility that the paper tool gives you in this regard.

Click here to find out how it works. Best of all: The new estimate will be used in previous burndown and velocity calculations.

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