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During the setup of your project, you will derive and agree two sets of estimates. These are entitled Micro estimates and Macro estimates. Respectively, they are detailed estimates for the next phase and high level estimates for the whole project. You need them so you can forward plan and convey confidence about the delivery.

Estimates are crucial to the budgeting process and reliable accurate estimates are decisive in ensuring the end of the project includes the complete delivery of the project. They allow you to demonstrate the financial benefits your project promises to offer and will deliver.

Later in the Toolkit we will look more closely at the estimating topics of interest to our projects.

For now, we can say that these include setting up and running your planning and estimating workshops, Estimate Management, Estimate History and Incremental Estimating. Later, we will look at some estimating techniques to equip us with accurate estimates during budgetary assessment of our agile project. Certainly it will help the process if you have access to a professional estimator and you may consider engaging a consultant for this specific purpose. If you do, then their agile credentials are important to establish so that you do not get an estimator talking the wrong language and giving you the wrong estimate.

If you elect to perform the estimation yourself, the tools and techniques are here in the Toolkit. Your capabilities on this topic will improve exponentially with the number of times you estimate and as you evaluate that estimate throughout the course of the project. Again this is a skill that is useful to gain and retain. While we have touched on skills, let us look at the very important topic of your People.


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