There’s something strange that happens when you measure things.
Just by knowing the benchmark or the baseline, human brings just naturally want to improve.
Do that in your life and work and you will set yourself up for success automatically.
It’s all tuning after that.
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I don’t ask anyone to measure tasks by saying “how long will that take?”
Or worse: “how long should that take?”
I use points.
Tasks should be assigned point values based on uncertainty. (Have you done this before? Do you have the skill set on your team to execute this? Do you need a consultant to get this done?)
As tasks get uncertain, they tend to get really uncertain (because we don’t know all the things we don’t know).
So you’ll want to use a point system that goes up roughly exponentially, like: 1, 3, 5, 10, 21
It’s up to you to decide how to assign the point values.
Its up to you to measure how many points you score in an allotted period of time (the “sprint”).
Don’t try to get it perfect.
Just do it.
Just start measuring.
If you don’t want to use points, fine.
Use T-Shirt sizes to start (Sm, Med, Lg, XL).
You will do better every subsequent time.
It can be tasks, pushups, lives saved, attendees, happy clients, or whatever you want.