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Relative Points explained

Are your teams having difficulty understanding the relative nature of story points?  Try an analogy ... maybe one that is already well know... yet so often used that they have forgotten just how easy it is to use relative measures.  I'll bet they use it every day, multiple times per day.  That kind of practice makes usage very easy.  That is how easy story points will become for a team that practices.

Here's your analogy - in less than 10 seconds.  But you might need to repeat it about 14 times...



YouTube channel:  Minute Physics

Don't mistake preception of temperature and the measurement of temperature.... see Derek's Veritasum experiment: Misconception About Temperature.


Now... relate the misconception about temperature back to the topic of relative points...

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Tools for collaboration on documents:
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http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki
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http://www.zoho.com/
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https://cocalc.com Collaborative Calculation - a sophisticated web service for online computation; batteries included.
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