How ScrumMasters Can Help with Project Estimation
19 February 2016
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ScrumMasters play an integral role in estimating the effort needed for projects. They help the product owner present project details to customers. The ScrumMaster is not only the process owner for the project but is also responsible for removing impediments to ensure that the project is progressing. By being the process owner, the ScrumMaster provides all the necessary help to the product owner for improved customer interactions. This is important, since one of the major tasks of the product owner is to provide estimates to the customer in terms of cost and time.
The ScrumMaster is inherently knowledge driven and acquires the necessary capabilities through self-sufficiency and self-organization. Because ScrumMasters maintain their skills, they are capable of determining accurate work estimation, which is based on their respect for the scope of the work. The scope of the work is usually decided by either lines of code, based on the functional complexity, or by the domain complexity of the work. Accurate determination relies heavily on the type of ScrumMaster who can be either tech-savvy or domain-savvy.
The input the ScrumMaster can provide to the product owner for estimation are essential to the project domain/science. The product owner needs to be assured of receiving feasible estimates from the ScrumMaster that help him or her prepare a project plan and present it to the customer. Typically, the ScrumMaster provides estimation data as units of man-hours or man-months. This art of estimation is called project-scientific estimation.
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