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Why Agile Estimation Is Such a Polarizing Topic

If you've worked on agile projects, you've likely heard an agile champion make bizarre statements about estimating a budget and schedule. When you press further for estimates, you might get an even more heated, "You just don't get it" or, "You're just a micromanager." Conflict about estimation on agile projects can get intense. The more I work with agile teams, the more I see the topic of estimation as ground zero in the debate between old and new ways of managing projects.
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