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Drawing Dead: A Tale of Poker and Vampires , Hö...
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Eddie Nelson is a professional poker player, testing his skills in Las Vegas at the World Series of Poker for the first time. Unfortunately, he's on the worst run of his life and can't afford his buy-in to the Main Event. Then he meets a shadowy figure called Raphael who offers to back him for a 50/50 split of any winnings. But if he loses, he has to play in a private tournament of Raphael's choosing. . .Drawing Dead is a tale of poker and vampires by Scott McKenzie, author of One Day in Gitmo Nation, Death by Autopen and Rebirth. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alex Hyde-White. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/020563/bk_acx0_020563_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.

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A Hanging at Cinder Bottom , Hörbuch, Digital, ...
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From the author of The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart and set in the boom years of the West Virginia coalmining industry, this is an epic story of personal ambition, exile and return, and a grand heist. Keystone, West Virginia, 1910. In the hot August rain, the townspeople gather to witness the first public hanging in over a decade. At the gallows are none other than poker player Abe Baach and his lover, the madam of the town’s brothel, one Goldie Toothman. Abe split town seven years prior and has been playing cards up and down the coast ever since. But when he returns to Keystone to reunite with Goldie and to set the past right, he finds a brother dead and his father's saloon in shambles - and suspects the same men might be responsible for both. Only then, in facing his family's past, does the real swindle begin. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Roberts. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002114/bk_hcuk_002114_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.

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Safe and Sound: Promise Me Series, Book 1 , Hör...
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Sixteen-year-old Hailey Perish knows her life can't get much worse. Since her dad split a few years ago, Hailey's mother has spiraled hard and fast, careening toward rock bottom and threatening to take her daughter down with her. Hailey now marks time by evictions, her mother's poker games, and Saturday School where she voluntarily shows up for weekend detentions to secure her one promised meal of the week. She has no room for relationships, especially with someone like her childhood love and junior class golden boy Carson Hart. Hailey trusted him once and Carson failed her. She's determined not to let herself be hurt again. When Hailey's mom does the unthinkable and bets her own daughter in a high stakes poker game, Mitch, the loan shark, is all too eager and determined to collect on his debt. To him, Hailey is nothing but property. His property. And he'll do anything to recover it. On the run from a fate that promises a much worse life than she already knows, there's only one person in the world Hailey can call for help. Will Carson be there for her in her darkest hour and deliver her from harm's way safe and sound? Or will he abandon Hailey - just like he's always done - just like they all do? Alli Hope's debut novel delivers an unforgettable story about love and surviving in the dark places. Safe and Sound contains mature situations and content. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Abigail Hope Endsley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/096532/bk_acx0_096532_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.

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Domestic Violence Survivor: Two Book Collection...
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This two-book collection offers both books in the Domestic Violence Survivor series in one place:The iron fire-poker my boyfriend had used to attack me the night before had left light saber-like patterns all over my body. All purple and angry, bruises surrounded my split, bloodied skin that stung to the touch.I was on the floor as he was striking me with the poker, and I raised my legs up to protect myself, leaving me with crisscross patterns all over.My kneecaps and ankles stung and throbbed as the sheets of my bed brushed against them The fire poker had also been used to strike my top half, and the gargantuan bruises on my forearms showed that they took the brunt of it as I was trying to protect myself.The worst pain of all was reserved for my jaw and my head. I couldn't open my mouth, and the tin-like, metallic taste of blood swished around my mouth every time I moved my tongue. When I separated my mouth and tried to bite down, I realized that my jaw wasn't aligned - my teeth didn't fit together as they should. My jaw was jutting out to the right, and panic washed over me as I traced my finger down my new jawline. I could only imagine what my face looked like.I very slowly pulled myself up, trying to avoid the covers touching my legs too much. I'd experienced domestic violence many, many times before, and I always dreaded the look in the mirror the next day. Many times I'd been shocked at the monster glaring back at me....Book two, Domestic Violence Memoirs:This audiobook is a collection of real-life stories from victims of domestic abuse.As a survivor of domestic violence myself, I know that there's some comfort and strength to be gained from hearing about the events and situations that other people have gone through. To know you're not alone in how you're feeling whilst in an abusive relationship can feel like a God-send. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sangita Chauhan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/162047/bk_acx0_162047_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.

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Colonel Bo's Big Sky Frontier Stories , Hörbuch...
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This audiobook details the youthful adventures of Colonel Heath "Bo" Bottomly.1. MY LAST BUFFALO - Growing up in Chinook, Montana, Heath "Bo" Bottomly befriends a Nez Perce boy, Little Bear. Together, Heath, Little Bear, and Little Bear's grandfather, Black Feather, travel to the site of the Battle of the Bear Paw, the Nez Perce's Last Stand, against the U.S. Cavalry, in October, 1877. 2/3. KID CURRY'S LAST RIDE PART I & II - In 1928, four armed men rob the Chinook, Montana, bank, and take Heath and his older brother hostage. The robbers, pursued by a posse, split up in the foothills. Heath is able to sneak away with one of the bandit's horses, but now he must save his brother.4. THE EAGLE CATCHER - Heath remembers when he, Little Bear, and Black Feather, attempted the ancient art of laying in wait to claim eagle feathers from a live raptor. He says it was "the most unbelievable half hour of sheer guts" that he had ever witnessed.5. A GRIZZLY ENCOUNTER - In 1901, in a saloon in Plentywood, MT, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt and rail magnate James J. Hill take up a game of poker with Heath's grandpa, Ben Bottomly. Grandpa Ben walks away with the deed to land at Lake McDonald, Glacier Park, Montana, where years later, the boy, Heath, encounters a sow grizzly and her cubs while huckleberry picking on this Montana land.6. GRANDPA BUFFALO - Young Heath's grandfather Ben, untamed, rough and ready high plains drifter, was a former scout and buffalo hunter for General Miles. Grandpa takes Heath and his brothers on a fall ride in the mountains to explain the ways of the wilderness, and the ways of life. 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/000367/bk_bimo_000367_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.

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Agile Estimating and Planning
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The first step to project success is accurate estimating and realistic planning. Projects with unrealistic expectations affixed to them are likely to derail at an early stage. This book shows the software practitioner how to effectively estimate and properly plan a project within an agile context. The book's content is suitable for projects using any agile or semi-agile process (such as Extreme Programming, Scrum, Feature Driven Development, Crystal, Adaptive Software Development, DSDM or even the IBM Rational Unified Process). The ideas in this book will work with any iterative development process, which greatly broadens the target audience beyond the traditional agile community. Each chapter is supported by a summary and a set of questions that allows readers to assess their ability to estimate and plan a project. The result is an engaging read with pearls of wisdom that can be applied to the reader's next project. Product Description Praise for Agile Estimating and Planning Traditional, deterministic approaches to planning and estimating simply don't cut it on the slippery slopes of today's dynamic, change-driven projects. Mike Cohn's breakthrough book gives us not only the philosophy, but also the guidelines and a proven set of tools that we need to succeed in planning, estimating, and scheduling projects with a high uncertainty factor. At the same time, the author never loses sight of the need to deliver business value to the customer each step of the way. -Doug DeCarlo, author of eXtreme Project Management: Using Leadership, Principles and Tools to Deliver Value in the Face of Volatility (Jossey-Bass, 2004) We know how to build predictive plans and manage them. But building plans that only estimate the future and then embrace change, challenge most of our training and skills. In Agile Estimating and Planning, Mike Cohn once again fills a hole in the Agile practices, this time by showing us a workable approach to Agile estimating and planning. Mike delves into the nooks and crannies of the subject and anticipates many of the questions and nuances of this topic. Students of Agile processes will recognize that this book is truly about agility, bridging many of the practices between Scrum and ExtremeProgramming. -Ken Schwaber, Scrum evangelist, Agile Alliance cofounder, and signatory to the Agile Manifesto In Agile Estimating and Planning, Mike Cohn has, for the first time, brought together most everything that the Agile community has learned about the subject. The book is clear, well organized, and a pleasant and valuable read. It goes into all the necessary detail, and at the same time keeps the reader's burden low. We can dig in as deeply as we need to, without too much detail before we need it. The book really brings together everything we have learned about Agile estimation and planning over the past decade. It will serve its readers well. -Ron Jeffries, www.XProgramming.com, author of Extreme Programming Installed (Addison-Wesley, 2001) and Extreme Programming Adventures in C# (Microsoft Press, 2004) Agile Estimating and Planning provides a view of planning that's balanced between theory and practice, and it is supported by enough concrete experiences to lend it credibility. I particularly like the quote 'planning is a quest for value.' It points to a new, more positive attitude toward planning that goes beyond the 'necessary evil' view that I sometimes hold. -Kent Beck, author of Extreme Programming Explained, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2005) Up-front planning is still the most critical part of software development. Agile software development requires Agile planning techniques. This book shows you how to employ Agile planning in a succinct, practical, and easy-to-follow manner. -Adam Rogers, Ultimate Software Mike does a great follow-up to User Stories Applied by continuing to provide Agile teams with the practical approaches and techniques to increase agility. In this book, Mike provides time-proven and well-tested methods for being successful with the multiple levels of planning and estimating required by Agile. This book is the first to detail the disciplines of Agile estimating and planning, in ways that rival my 1980 civil engineering texts on CPM Planning and Estimating. -Ryan Martens, President and Founder, Rally Software Development Corporation With insight and clarity, Mike Cohn shows how to effectively produce software of high business value. With Agile estimation and planning, you focus effort where it really counts, and continue to do so as circumstances change. -Rick Mugridge, Rimu Research Ltd., and lead author, Fit for Developing Software (Prentice Hall, 2005) Finally! The groundbreaking book my clients have been clamoring for! Agile Estimating and Planning demystifies the process of defining, driving, and delivering great software that matters to the business. Mike's clarity, insight, and experience leap out through every page of this book, offering an approach that is relevant and immediately useful to all members of an Agile project. -Kert D. Peterson, President, Enterprise Agile Group, LLC This isn't yet another generic book on Agile software development. Agile Estimating and Planning fills a gap left by most of the other books and gives you important, practical, down-to-earth techniques needed to be successful on Agile development projects. -Steve Tockey, Principal Consultant, Construx Software Estimation, planning, and tracking is a trinity. If you don't do one of them, you don't need the other two. This book provides very practical knowledge for estimation, planning, prioritizing, and tracking. It should be compulsory subject matter for project managers and their teams, even if they hesitate to call themselves Agile. -Niels Malotaux, Project Coach Effective planning is an important, but often misunderstood, part of any successful Agile project. With Agile Estimating and Planning, Mike Cohn has given us a definitive guide to a wide range of Agile estimating and planning practices. With his clear and practical style, Mike not only explains how to successfully get started planning an Agile project, but also provides a wealth of tips and advice for improving any team's Agile planning process. This book is a must-read for managers, coaches, and members of Agile teams. -Paul Hodgetts, Agile coach and CEO, Agile Logic Mike's writing style captures the essence of agility-just the right amount of information to bring clarity to the reader. This book provides an excellent guide for all Agile practitioners, both seasoned and novice. -Robert Holler, President and CEO, VersionOne, LLC It is as if Mike took the distilled knowledge regarding planning and estimation of a great Agile developer (which he is) and laid out all he knows in an easily understandable manner. More importantly, he has a great mix of concepts with real-world examples finished off with a case study so the reader can relate the information to their own situation. Unless you are already an expert Agile planner and estimator, this book is for you. -Alan Shalloway, CEO, Senior Consultant, Net Objectives, and coauthor of Design Patterns Explained, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2005) Although I had plenty of XP experience before trying out Mike Cohn's Agile planning practices, the effectiveness of the practical and proven techniques in this book blew me away! The book recognizes that people, not tools or processes, produce great software, and that teams benefit most by learning about their project and their product as they go. The examples in the book are concrete, easily grasped, and simply reek of common sense. This book will help teams (whether Agile or not) deliver more value, more often, and have fun doing it! Whether you're a manager or a programmer, a tester or a CEO, part of an Agile team, or just looking for a way to stamp out chaos and death marches, this book will guide you. -Lisa Crispin, coauthor of Testing Extreme Programming (Addison-Wesley, 2003) Mike Cohn does an excellent job demonstrating how an Agile approach can address issues of risk and uncertainty in order to provide more meaningful estimates and plans for software projects. -Todd Little, Senior Development Manager, Landmark Graphics Mike Cohn explains his approach to Agile planning, and shows how 'critical chain' thinking can be used to effectively buffer both schedule and features. As with User Stories Applied, this book is easy to read and grounded in real-world experience. -Bill Wake, author o Features + Benefits Goes beyond the strategy of just enough planning and estimating, and shows readers how to make agile practices truly work organizationally. ° Save time, conserve organizational resources, and manage software projects more efficiently by learning to anticipate future needs ° Key points are supported by case studies derived from real-world projects ° Teaches the nuts and bolts of estimating a project, an iteration, or even a task -- and teaches a variety of approaches to effective estimating Backcover Praise for Agile Estimating and Planning Traditional, deterministic approaches to planning and estimating simply don't cut it on the slippery slopes of today's dynamic, change-driven projects. Mike Cohn's breakthrough book gives us not only the philosophy, but also the guidelines and a proven set of tools that we need to succeed in planning, estimating, and scheduling projects with a high uncertainty factor. At the same time, the author never loses sight of the need to deliver business value to the customer each step of the way. -Doug DeCarlo, author of eXtreme Project Management: Using Leadership, Principles and Tools to Deliver Value in the Face of Volatility (Jossey-Bass, 2004) We know how to build predictive plans and manage them. But building plans that only estimate the future and then embrace change, challenge most of our training and skills. In Agile Estimating and Planning, Mike Cohn once again fills a hole in the Agile practices, this time by showing us a workable approach to Agile estimating and planning. Mike delves into the nooks and crannies of the subject and anticipates many of the questions and nuances of this topic. Students of Agile processes will recognize that this book is truly about agility, bridging many of the practices between Scrum and ExtremeProgramming. -Ken Schwaber, Scrum evangelist, Agile Alliance cofounder, and signatory to the Agile Manifesto In Agile Estimating and Planning, Mike Cohn has, for the first time, brought together most everything that the Agile community has learned about the subject. The book is clear, well organized, and a pleasant and valuable read. It goes into all the necessary detail, and at the same time keeps the reader's burden low. We can dig in as deeply as we need to, without too much detail before we need it. The book really brings together everything we have learned about Agile estimation and planning over the past decade. It will serve its readers well. -Ron Jeffries, www.XProgramming.com, author of Extreme Programming Installed (Addison-Wesley, 2001) and Extreme Programming Adventures in C# (Microsoft Press, 2004) Agile Estimating and Planning provides a view of planning that's balanced between theory and practice, and it is supported by enough concrete experiences to lend it credibility. I particularly like the quote 'planning is a quest for value.' It points to a new, more positive attitude toward planning that goes beyond the 'necessary evil' view that I sometimes hold. -Kent Beck, author of Extreme Programming Explained, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2005) Up-front planning is still the most critical part of software development. Agile software development requires Agile planning techniques. This book shows you how to employ Agile planning in a succinct, practical, and easy-to-follow manner. -Adam Rogers, Ultimate Software Mike does a great follow-up to User Stories Applied by continuing to provide Agile teams with the practical approaches and techniques to increase agility. In this book, Mike provides time-proven and well-tested methods for being successful with the multiple levels of planning and estimating required by Agile. This book is the first to detail the disciplines of Agile estimating and planning, in ways that rival my 1980 civil engineering texts on CPM Planning and Estimating. -Ryan Martens, President and Founder, Rally Software Development Corporation With insight and clarity, Mike Cohn shows how to effectively produce software of high business value. With Agile estimation and planning, you focus effort where it really counts, and continue to do so as circumstances change. -Rick Mugridge, Rimu Research Ltd., and lead author, Fit for Developing Software (Prentice Hall, 2005) Finally! The groundbreaking book my clients have been clamoring for! Agile Estimating and Planning demystifies the process of defining, driving, and delivering great software that matters to the business. Mike's clarity, insight, and experience leap out through every page of this book, offering an approach that is relevant and immediately useful to all members of an Agile project. -Kert D. Peterson, President, Enterprise Agile Group, LLC This isn't yet another generic book on Agile software development. Agile Estimating and Planning fills a gap left by most of the other books and gives you important, practical, down-to-earth techniques needed to be successful on Agile development projects. -Steve Tockey, Principal Consultant, Construx Software Estimation, planning, and tracking is a trinity. If you don't do one of them, you don't need the other two. This book provides very practical knowledge for estimation, planning, prioritizing, and tracking. It should be compulsory subject matter for project managers and their teams, even if they hesitate to call themselves Agile. -Niels Malotaux, Project Coach Effective planning is an important, but often misunderstood, part of any successful Agile project. With Agile Estimating and Planning, Mike Cohn has given us a definitive guide to a wide range of Agile estimating and planning practices. With his clear and practical style, Mike not only explains how to successfully get started planning an Agile project, but also provides a wealth of tips and advice for improving any team's Agile planning process. This book is a must-read for managers, coaches, and members of Agile teams. -Paul Hodgetts, Agile coach and CEO, Agile Logic Mike's writing style captures the essence of agility-just the right amount of information to bring clarity to the reader. This book provides an excellent guide for all Agile practitioners, both seasoned and novice. -Robert Holler, President and CEO, VersionOne, LLC It is as if Mike took the distilled knowledge regarding planning and estimation of a great Agile developer (which he is) and laid out all he knows in an easily understandable manner. More importantly, he has a great mix of concepts with real-world examples finished off with a case study so the reader can relate the information to their own situation. Unless you are already an expert Agile planner and estimator, this book is for you. -Alan Shalloway, CEO, Senior Consultant, Net Objectives, and coauthor of Design Patterns Explained, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2005) Although I had plenty of XP experience before trying out Mike Cohn's Agile planning practices, the effectiveness of the practical and proven techniques in this book blew me away! The book recognizes that people, not tools or processes, produce great software, and that teams benefit most by learning about their project and their product as they go. The examples in the book are concrete, easily grasped, and simply reek of common sense. This book will help teams (whether Agile or not) deliver more value, more often, and have fun doing it! Whether you're a manager or a programmer, a tester or a CEO, part of an Agile team, or just looking for a way to stamp out chaos and death marches, this book will guide you. -Lisa Crispin, coauthor of Testing Extreme Programming (Addison-Wesley, 2003) Mike Cohn does an excellent job demonstrating how an Agile approach can address issues of risk and uncertainty in order to provide more meaningful estimates and plans for software projects. -Todd Little, Senior Development Manager, Landmark Graphics Mike Cohn explains his approach to Agile planning, and shows how 'critical chain' thinking can be used to effectively buffer both schedule and features. As with User Stories Applied, this book is easy to read and grounded in real-world experience. -Bill Wake, author o About the Author xviiForeword by Robert C. Martin xixForeword by Jim Highsmith xxiForeword by Gabrielle Benefield xxvAcknowledgments xxviiIntroduction xxixPart I: The Problem and the Goal 1Chapter 1: The Purpose of Planning 3 Why Do It? 5 What Makes a Good Plan? 8 What Makes Planning Agile? 9 Summary 10 Discussion Questions 10 Chapter 2: Why Planning Fails 11 Planning Is by Activity Rather Than Feature 12 Multitasking Causes Further Delays 15 Features Are Not Developed by Priority 17 We Ignore Uncertainty 17 Estimates Become Commitments 18 Summary 18 Discussion Questions 19 Chapter 3: An Agile Approach 21 An Agile Approach to Projects 23 An Agile Approach to Planning 27 Summary 31 Discussion Questions 32 Part II: Estimating Size 33Chapter 4: Estimating Size with Story Points 35 Story Points Are Relative 36 Velocity 38 Summary 40 Discussion Questions 41 Chapter 5: Estimating in Ideal Days 43 Ideal Time and Software Development 44 Ideal Days as a Measure of Size 46 One Estimate, Not Many 46 Summary 47 Discussion Questions 47 Chapter 6: Techniques for Estimating 49 Estimates Are Shared 51 The Estimation Scale 52 Deriving an Estimate 54 Planning Poker 56 Why Planning Poker Works 59 Summary 60 Discussion Questions 60 Chapter 7: Re-Estimating 61 Introducing the SwimStats Website 61 When Not to Re-Estimate 62 When to Re-Estimate 64 Re-Estimating Partially Completed Stories 66 The Purpose of Re-Estimating 67 Summary 67 Discussion Questions 67 Chapter 8: Choosing between Story Points and Ideal Days 69 Considerations Favoring Story Points 69 Considerations Favoring Ideal Days 72 Recommendation 73 Summary 74 Discussion Questions 75 Part III: Planning for Value 77Chapter 9: Prioritizing Themes 79 Factors in Prioritization 80 Combining the Four Factors 86 Some Examples 86 Summary 88 Discussion Questions 89 Chapter 10: Financial Prioritization 91 Sources of Return 93 An Example: WebPayroll 96 Financial Measures 102 Comparing Returns 108 Summary 109 Discussion Questions 109 Chapter 11: Prioritizing Desirability 111 Kano Model of Customer Satisfaction 112 Relative Weighting: Another Approach 117 Summary 119 Discussion Questions 120 Chapter 12: Splitting User Stories 121 When to Split a User Story 121 Splitting across Data Boundaries 122 Splitting on Operational Boundaries 124 Removing Cross-Cutting Concerns 125 Don't Meet Performance Constraints 126 Split Stories of Mixed Priority 127 Don't Split a Story into Tasks 127 Avoid the Temptation of Related Changes 128 Combining Stories 128 Summary 129 Discussion Questions 129 Part IV: Scheduling 131Chapter 13: Release Planning Essentials 133 The Release Plan 134 Updating the Release Plan 138 An Example 139 Summary 142 Discussion Questions 143 Chapter 14: Iteration Planning 145 Tasks Are Not Allocated During Iteration Planning 147 How Iteration and Release Planning Differ 148 Velocity-Driven Iteration Planning 149 Commitment-Driven Iteration Planning 158 My Recommendation 162 Relating Task Estimates to Story Points 163 Summary 165 Discussion Questions 166 Chapter 15: Selecting an Iteration Length 167 Factors in Selecting an Iteration Length 167 Making a Decision 171 Two Case Studies 173 Summary 175 Discussion Questions 176 Chapter 16: Estimating Velocity 177 Use Historical Values 178 Run an Iteration 179 Make a Forecast 181 Which Approach Should I Use? 185 Summary 186 Discussion Questions 186 Chapter 17: Buffering Plans for Uncertainty 187 Feature Buffers 188 Schedule Buffers 189 Combining Buffers 198 A Schedule Buffer Is Not Padding 199 Some Caveats 199 Summary 200 Discussion Questions 201 Chapter 18: Planning the Multiple-Team Project 203 Establishing a Common Basis for Estimates 204 Adding Detail to User Stories Sooner 205 Lookahead Planning 206 Incorporating Feeding Buffers into the Plan 208 But This Is So Much Work 210 Summary 210 Discussion Questions 211 Part V: Tracking and Communicating 213 Chapter 19: Monitoring the Release Plan 215 Tracking the Release 216 Release Burndown Charts 219 A Parking-Lot Chart 224 Summary 225 Discussion Questions 226 Chapter 20: Monitoring the Iteration Plan 227 The Task Board 227 Iteration Burndown Charts 230 Tracking Effort Expended 231 Individual Velocity 232 Summary 232 Discussion Questions 233 Chapter 21: Communicating about Plans 235 Communicating the Plan 237 Communicating Progress 238 An End-of-Iteration Summary 241 Summary 244 Discussion Questions 245 Part VI: Why Agile Planning Works 247Chapter 22: Why Agile Planning Works 249 Replanning Occurs Frequently 249 Estimates of Size and Duration Are Separated 250 Plans Are Made at Different Levels 251 Plans Are Based on Features, Not Tasks 252 Small Stories Keep Work Flowing 252 Work in Process Is Eliminated Every Iteration 252 Tracking Is at the Team Level 253 Uncertainty Is Acknowledged and Planned For 253 A Dozen Guidelines for Agile Estimating and Planning 254 Summary 256 Discussion Questions 257 Part VII: A Case Study 259Chapter 23: A Case Study: Bomb Shelter Studios 261 Day 1-Monday Morning 262 Estimating the User Stories 270 Preparing for Product Research 281 Iteration and Release Planning, Round 1 284 Two Weeks Later 302 Planning the Second Iteration 303 Two Weeks Later 305 Revising the Release Plan 305 Presenting the Revised Plan to Phil 308 Eighteen Weeks Later 312 Reference List 313Index 319The first step to project success is accurate estimating and realistic planning. Projects with unrealistic expectations affixed to them are likely to derail at an early stage. This book shows the software practitioner how to effectively estimate and properly plan a project within an agile context. The book's content is suitable for projects using any agile or semi-agile process (such as Extreme Programming, Scrum, Feature Driven Development, Crystal, Adaptive Software Development, DSDM or even the IBM Rational Unified Process). The ideas in this book will work with any iterative development process, which greatly broadens the target audience beyond the traditional agile community. Each chapter is supported by a summary and a set of questions that allows readers to assess their ability to estimate and plan a project. The result is an engaging read with pearls of wisdom that can be applied to the reader's next project.

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Agile Estimating and Planning
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The first step to project success is accurate estimating and realistic planning. Projects with unrealistic expectations affixed to them are likely to derail at an early stage. This book shows the software practitioner how to effectively estimate and properly plan a project within an agile context. The book's content is suitable for projects using any agile or semi-agile process (such as Extreme Programming, Scrum, Feature Driven Development, Crystal, Adaptive Software Development, DSDM or even the IBM Rational Unified Process). The ideas in this book will work with any iterative development process, which greatly broadens the target audience beyond the traditional agile community. Each chapter is supported by a summary and a set of questions that allows readers to assess their ability to estimate and plan a project. The result is an engaging read with pearls of wisdom that can be applied to the reader's next project. Product Description Praise for Agile Estimating and Planning Traditional, deterministic approaches to planning and estimating simply don't cut it on the slippery slopes of today's dynamic, change-driven projects. Mike Cohn's breakthrough book gives us not only the philosophy, but also the guidelines and a proven set of tools that we need to succeed in planning, estimating, and scheduling projects with a high uncertainty factor. At the same time, the author never loses sight of the need to deliver business value to the customer each step of the way. -Doug DeCarlo, author of eXtreme Project Management: Using Leadership, Principles and Tools to Deliver Value in the Face of Volatility (Jossey-Bass, 2004) We know how to build predictive plans and manage them. But building plans that only estimate the future and then embrace change, challenge most of our training and skills. In Agile Estimating and Planning, Mike Cohn once again fills a hole in the Agile practices, this time by showing us a workable approach to Agile estimating and planning. Mike delves into the nooks and crannies of the subject and anticipates many of the questions and nuances of this topic. Students of Agile processes will recognize that this book is truly about agility, bridging many of the practices between Scrum and ExtremeProgramming. -Ken Schwaber, Scrum evangelist, Agile Alliance cofounder, and signatory to the Agile Manifesto In Agile Estimating and Planning, Mike Cohn has, for the first time, brought together most everything that the Agile community has learned about the subject. The book is clear, well organized, and a pleasant and valuable read. It goes into all the necessary detail, and at the same time keeps the reader's burden low. We can dig in as deeply as we need to, without too much detail before we need it. The book really brings together everything we have learned about Agile estimation and planning over the past decade. It will serve its readers well. -Ron Jeffries, www.XProgramming.com, author of Extreme Programming Installed (Addison-Wesley, 2001) and Extreme Programming Adventures in C# (Microsoft Press, 2004) Agile Estimating and Planning provides a view of planning that's balanced between theory and practice, and it is supported by enough concrete experiences to lend it credibility. I particularly like the quote 'planning is a quest for value.' It points to a new, more positive attitude toward planning that goes beyond the 'necessary evil' view that I sometimes hold. -Kent Beck, author of Extreme Programming Explained, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2005) Up-front planning is still the most critical part of software development. Agile software development requires Agile planning techniques. This book shows you how to employ Agile planning in a succinct, practical, and easy-to-follow manner. -Adam Rogers, Ultimate Software Mike does a great follow-up to User Stories Applied by continuing to provide Agile teams with the practical approaches and techniques to increase agility. In this book, Mike provides time-proven and well-tested methods for being successful with the multiple levels of planning and estimating required by Agile. This book is the first to detail the disciplines of Agile estimating and planning, in ways that rival my 1980 civil engineering texts on CPM Planning and Estimating. -Ryan Martens, President and Founder, Rally Software Development Corporation With insight and clarity, Mike Cohn shows how to effectively produce software of high business value. With Agile estimation and planning, you focus effort where it really counts, and continue to do so as circumstances change. -Rick Mugridge, Rimu Research Ltd., and lead author, Fit for Developing Software (Prentice Hall, 2005) Finally! The groundbreaking book my clients have been clamoring for! Agile Estimating and Planning demystifies the process of defining, driving, and delivering great software that matters to the business. Mike's clarity, insight, and experience leap out through every page of this book, offering an approach that is relevant and immediately useful to all members of an Agile project. -Kert D. Peterson, President, Enterprise Agile Group, LLC This isn't yet another generic book on Agile software development. Agile Estimating and Planning fills a gap left by most of the other books and gives you important, practical, down-to-earth techniques needed to be successful on Agile development projects. -Steve Tockey, Principal Consultant, Construx Software Estimation, planning, and tracking is a trinity. If you don't do one of them, you don't need the other two. This book provides very practical knowledge for estimation, planning, prioritizing, and tracking. It should be compulsory subject matter for project managers and their teams, even if they hesitate to call themselves Agile. -Niels Malotaux, Project Coach Effective planning is an important, but often misunderstood, part of any successful Agile project. With Agile Estimating and Planning, Mike Cohn has given us a definitive guide to a wide range of Agile estimating and planning practices. With his clear and practical style, Mike not only explains how to successfully get started planning an Agile project, but also provides a wealth of tips and advice for improving any team's Agile planning process. This book is a must-read for managers, coaches, and members of Agile teams. -Paul Hodgetts, Agile coach and CEO, Agile Logic Mike's writing style captures the essence of agility-just the right amount of information to bring clarity to the reader. This book provides an excellent guide for all Agile practitioners, both seasoned and novice. -Robert Holler, President and CEO, VersionOne, LLC It is as if Mike took the distilled knowledge regarding planning and estimation of a great Agile developer (which he is) and laid out all he knows in an easily understandable manner. More importantly, he has a great mix of concepts with real-world examples finished off with a case study so the reader can relate the information to their own situation. Unless you are already an expert Agile planner and estimator, this book is for you. -Alan Shalloway, CEO, Senior Consultant, Net Objectives, and coauthor of Design Patterns Explained, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2005) Although I had plenty of XP experience before trying out Mike Cohn's Agile planning practices, the effectiveness of the practical and proven techniques in this book blew me away! The book recognizes that people, not tools or processes, produce great software, and that teams benefit most by learning about their project and their product as they go. The examples in the book are concrete, easily grasped, and simply reek of common sense. This book will help teams (whether Agile or not) deliver more value, more often, and have fun doing it! Whether you're a manager or a programmer, a tester or a CEO, part of an Agile team, or just looking for a way to stamp out chaos and death marches, this book will guide you. -Lisa Crispin, coauthor of Testing Extreme Programming (Addison-Wesley, 2003) Mike Cohn does an excellent job demonstrating how an Agile approach can address issues of risk and uncertainty in order to provide more meaningful estimates and plans for software projects. -Todd Little, Senior Development Manager, Landmark Graphics Mike Cohn explains his approach to Agile planning, and shows how 'critical chain' thinking can be used to effectively buffer both schedule and features. As with User Stories Applied, this book is easy to read and grounded in real-world experience. -Bill Wake, author o Features + Benefits Goes beyond the strategy of just enough planning and estimating, and shows readers how to make agile practices truly work organizationally. ° Save time, conserve organizational resources, and manage software projects more efficiently by learning to anticipate future needs ° Key points are supported by case studies derived from real-world projects ° Teaches the nuts and bolts of estimating a project, an iteration, or even a task -- and teaches a variety of approaches to effective estimating Backcover Praise for Agile Estimating and Planning Traditional, deterministic approaches to planning and estimating simply don't cut it on the slippery slopes of today's dynamic, change-driven projects. Mike Cohn's breakthrough book gives us not only the philosophy, but also the guidelines and a proven set of tools that we need to succeed in planning, estimating, and scheduling projects with a high uncertainty factor. At the same time, the author never loses sight of the need to deliver business value to the customer each step of the way. -Doug DeCarlo, author of eXtreme Project Management: Using Leadership, Principles and Tools to Deliver Value in the Face of Volatility (Jossey-Bass, 2004) We know how to build predictive plans and manage them. But building plans that only estimate the future and then embrace change, challenge most of our training and skills. In Agile Estimating and Planning, Mike Cohn once again fills a hole in the Agile practices, this time by showing us a workable approach to Agile estimating and planning. Mike delves into the nooks and crannies of the subject and anticipates many of the questions and nuances of this topic. Students of Agile processes will recognize that this book is truly about agility, bridging many of the practices between Scrum and ExtremeProgramming. -Ken Schwaber, Scrum evangelist, Agile Alliance cofounder, and signatory to the Agile Manifesto In Agile Estimating and Planning, Mike Cohn has, for the first time, brought together most everything that the Agile community has learned about the subject. The book is clear, well organized, and a pleasant and valuable read. It goes into all the necessary detail, and at the same time keeps the reader's burden low. We can dig in as deeply as we need to, without too much detail before we need it. The book really brings together everything we have learned about Agile estimation and planning over the past decade. It will serve its readers well. -Ron Jeffries, www.XProgramming.com, author of Extreme Programming Installed (Addison-Wesley, 2001) and Extreme Programming Adventures in C# (Microsoft Press, 2004) Agile Estimating and Planning provides a view of planning that's balanced between theory and practice, and it is supported by enough concrete experiences to lend it credibility. I particularly like the quote 'planning is a quest for value.' It points to a new, more positive attitude toward planning that goes beyond the 'necessary evil' view that I sometimes hold. -Kent Beck, author of Extreme Programming Explained, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2005) Up-front planning is still the most critical part of software development. Agile software development requires Agile planning techniques. This book shows you how to employ Agile planning in a succinct, practical, and easy-to-follow manner. -Adam Rogers, Ultimate Software Mike does a great follow-up to User Stories Applied by continuing to provide Agile teams with the practical approaches and techniques to increase agility. In this book, Mike provides time-proven and well-tested methods for being successful with the multiple levels of planning and estimating required by Agile. This book is the first to detail the disciplines of Agile estimating and planning, in ways that rival my 1980 civil engineering texts on CPM Planning and Estimating. -Ryan Martens, President and Founder, Rally Software Development Corporation With insight and clarity, Mike Cohn shows how to effectively produce software of high business value. With Agile estimation and planning, you focus effort where it really counts, and continue to do so as circumstances change. -Rick Mugridge, Rimu Research Ltd., and lead author, Fit for Developing Software (Prentice Hall, 2005) Finally! The groundbreaking book my clients have been clamoring for! Agile Estimating and Planning demystifies the process of defining, driving, and delivering great software that matters to the business. Mike's clarity, insight, and experience leap out through every page of this book, offering an approach that is relevant and immediately useful to all members of an Agile project. -Kert D. Peterson, President, Enterprise Agile Group, LLC This isn't yet another generic book on Agile software development. Agile Estimating and Planning fills a gap left by most of the other books and gives you important, practical, down-to-earth techniques needed to be successful on Agile development projects. -Steve Tockey, Principal Consultant, Construx Software Estimation, planning, and tracking is a trinity. If you don't do one of them, you don't need the other two. This book provides very practical knowledge for estimation, planning, prioritizing, and tracking. It should be compulsory subject matter for project managers and their teams, even if they hesitate to call themselves Agile. -Niels Malotaux, Project Coach Effective planning is an important, but often misunderstood, part of any successful Agile project. With Agile Estimating and Planning, Mike Cohn has given us a definitive guide to a wide range of Agile estimating and planning practices. With his clear and practical style, Mike not only explains how to successfully get started planning an Agile project, but also provides a wealth of tips and advice for improving any team's Agile planning process. This book is a must-read for managers, coaches, and members of Agile teams. -Paul Hodgetts, Agile coach and CEO, Agile Logic Mike's writing style captures the essence of agility-just the right amount of information to bring clarity to the reader. This book provides an excellent guide for all Agile practitioners, both seasoned and novice. -Robert Holler, President and CEO, VersionOne, LLC It is as if Mike took the distilled knowledge regarding planning and estimation of a great Agile developer (which he is) and laid out all he knows in an easily understandable manner. More importantly, he has a great mix of concepts with real-world examples finished off with a case study so the reader can relate the information to their own situation. Unless you are already an expert Agile planner and estimator, this book is for you. -Alan Shalloway, CEO, Senior Consultant, Net Objectives, and coauthor of Design Patterns Explained, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2005) Although I had plenty of XP experience before trying out Mike Cohn's Agile planning practices, the effectiveness of the practical and proven techniques in this book blew me away! The book recognizes that people, not tools or processes, produce great software, and that teams benefit most by learning about their project and their product as they go. The examples in the book are concrete, easily grasped, and simply reek of common sense. This book will help teams (whether Agile or not) deliver more value, more often, and have fun doing it! Whether you're a manager or a programmer, a tester or a CEO, part of an Agile team, or just looking for a way to stamp out chaos and death marches, this book will guide you. -Lisa Crispin, coauthor of Testing Extreme Programming (Addison-Wesley, 2003) Mike Cohn does an excellent job demonstrating how an Agile approach can address issues of risk and uncertainty in order to provide more meaningful estimates and plans for software projects. -Todd Little, Senior Development Manager, Landmark Graphics Mike Cohn explains his approach to Agile planning, and shows how 'critical chain' thinking can be used to effectively buffer both schedule and features. As with User Stories Applied, this book is easy to read and grounded in real-world experience. -Bill Wake, author o About the Author xviiForeword by Robert C. Martin xixForeword by Jim Highsmith xxiForeword by Gabrielle Benefield xxvAcknowledgments xxviiIntroduction xxixPart I: The Problem and the Goal 1Chapter 1: The Purpose of Planning 3 Why Do It? 5 What Makes a Good Plan? 8 What Makes Planning Agile? 9 Summary 10 Discussion Questions 10 Chapter 2: Why Planning Fails 11 Planning Is by Activity Rather Than Feature 12 Multitasking Causes Further Delays 15 Features Are Not Developed by Priority 17 We Ignore Uncertainty 17 Estimates Become Commitments 18 Summary 18 Discussion Questions 19 Chapter 3: An Agile Approach 21 An Agile Approach to Projects 23 An Agile Approach to Planning 27 Summary 31 Discussion Questions 32 Part II: Estimating Size 33Chapter 4: Estimating Size with Story Points 35 Story Points Are Relative 36 Velocity 38 Summary 40 Discussion Questions 41 Chapter 5: Estimating in Ideal Days 43 Ideal Time and Software Development 44 Ideal Days as a Measure of Size 46 One Estimate, Not Many 46 Summary 47 Discussion Questions 47 Chapter 6: Techniques for Estimating 49 Estimates Are Shared 51 The Estimation Scale 52 Deriving an Estimate 54 Planning Poker 56 Why Planning Poker Works 59 Summary 60 Discussion Questions 60 Chapter 7: Re-Estimating 61 Introducing the SwimStats Website 61 When Not to Re-Estimate 62 When to Re-Estimate 64 Re-Estimating Partially Completed Stories 66 The Purpose of Re-Estimating 67 Summary 67 Discussion Questions 67 Chapter 8: Choosing between Story Points and Ideal Days 69 Considerations Favoring Story Points 69 Considerations Favoring Ideal Days 72 Recommendation 73 Summary 74 Discussion Questions 75 Part III: Planning for Value 77Chapter 9: Prioritizing Themes 79 Factors in Prioritization 80 Combining the Four Factors 86 Some Examples 86 Summary 88 Discussion Questions 89 Chapter 10: Financial Prioritization 91 Sources of Return 93 An Example: WebPayroll 96 Financial Measures 102 Comparing Returns 108 Summary 109 Discussion Questions 109 Chapter 11: Prioritizing Desirability 111 Kano Model of Customer Satisfaction 112 Relative Weighting: Another Approach 117 Summary 119 Discussion Questions 120 Chapter 12: Splitting User Stories 121 When to Split a User Story 121 Splitting across Data Boundaries 122 Splitting on Operational Boundaries 124 Removing Cross-Cutting Concerns 125 Don't Meet Performance Constraints 126 Split Stories of Mixed Priority 127 Don't Split a Story into Tasks 127 Avoid the Temptation of Related Changes 128 Combining Stories 128 Summary 129 Discussion Questions 129 Part IV: Scheduling 131Chapter 13: Release Planning Essentials 133 The Release Plan 134 Updating the Release Plan 138 An Example 139 Summary 142 Discussion Questions 143 Chapter 14: Iteration Planning 145 Tasks Are Not Allocated During Iteration Planning 147 How Iteration and Release Planning Differ 148 Velocity-Driven Iteration Planning 149 Commitment-Driven Iteration Planning 158 My Recommendation 162 Relating Task Estimates to Story Points 163 Summary 165 Discussion Questions 166 Chapter 15: Selecting an Iteration Length 167 Factors in Selecting an Iteration Length 167 Making a Decision 171 Two Case Studies 173 Summary 175 Discussion Questions 176 Chapter 16: Estimating Velocity 177 Use Historical Values 178 Run an Iteration 179 Make a Forecast 181 Which Approach Should I Use? 185 Summary 186 Discussion Questions 186 Chapter 17: Buffering Plans for Uncertainty 187 Feature Buffers 188 Schedule Buffers 189 Combining Buffers 198 A Schedule Buffer Is Not Padding 199 Some Caveats 199 Summary 200 Discussion Questions 201 Chapter 18: Planning the Multiple-Team Project 203 Establishing a Common Basis for Estimates 204 Adding Detail to User Stories Sooner 205 Lookahead Planning 206 Incorporating Feeding Buffers into the Plan 208 But This Is So Much Work 210 Summary 210 Discussion Questions 211 Part V: Tracking and Communicating 213 Chapter 19: Monitoring the Release Plan 215 Tracking the Release 216 Release Burndown Charts 219 A Parking-Lot Chart 224 Summary 225 Discussion Questions 226 Chapter 20: Monitoring the Iteration Plan 227 The Task Board 227 Iteration Burndown Charts 230 Tracking Effort Expended 231 Individual Velocity 232 Summary 232 Discussion Questions 233 Chapter 21: Communicating about Plans 235 Communicating the Plan 237 Communicating Progress 238 An End-of-Iteration Summary 241 Summary 244 Discussion Questions 245 Part VI: Why Agile Planning Works 247Chapter 22: Why Agile Planning Works 249 Replanning Occurs Frequently 249 Estimates of Size and Duration Are Separated 250 Plans Are Made at Different Levels 251 Plans Are Based on Features, Not Tasks 252 Small Stories Keep Work Flowing 252 Work in Process Is Eliminated Every Iteration 252 Tracking Is at the Team Level 253 Uncertainty Is Acknowledged and Planned For 253 A Dozen Guidelines for Agile Estimating and Planning 254 Summary 256 Discussion Questions 257 Part VII: A Case Study 259Chapter 23: A Case Study: Bomb Shelter Studios 261 Day 1-Monday Morning 262 Estimating the User Stories 270 Preparing for Product Research 281 Iteration and Release Planning, Round 1 284 Two Weeks Later 302 Planning the Second Iteration 303 Two Weeks Later 305 Revising the Release Plan 305 Presenting the Revised Plan to Phil 308 Eighteen Weeks Later 312 Reference List 313Index 319The first step to project success is accurate estimating and realistic planning. Projects with unrealistic expectations affixed to them are likely to derail at an early stage. This book shows the software practitioner how to effectively estimate and properly plan a project within an agile context. The book's content is suitable for projects using any agile or semi-agile process (such as Extreme Programming, Scrum, Feature Driven Development, Crystal, Adaptive Software Development, DSDM or even the IBM Rational Unified Process). The ideas in this book will work with any iterative development process, which greatly broadens the target audience beyond the traditional agile community. Each chapter is supported by a summary and a set of questions that allows readers to assess their ability to estimate and plan a project. The result is an engaging read with pearls of wisdom that can be applied to the reader's next project.

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Split (Poker)
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In poker it is sometimes necessary to split, or divide the pot among two or more players rather than awarding it all to a single player. This can happen because of ties, and also by playing intentional split-pot poker variants (the most typical of these is high-low split poker, where the high hand and low hand split the pot). To split a pot, one player uses both hands to take the chips from the pot and make stacks, placing them side by side to compare height (and therefore value). Equal stacks are placed aside. If there is more than one denomination of chip in the pot, the largest value chip is done first, and then progressively smaller value chips. If there is an odd number of larger chips, smaller chips from the pot can be used to equalize stacks or make change as necessary. Pots are always split down to the lowest denomination of chip used in the game. Three-way ties or further splits can also be done this way.

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Rafi Amit
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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Rafi Amit, is an Israeli professional poker player from Holon, Israel. Amit has won two bracelets at the World Series of Poker one in the 2005 Pot limit Omaha and the other in 2007 in the $1,000 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Lowball with rebuys event. As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $940,000. His 8 cashes at the WSOP account for $941,988 of those winnings. Rafi is believed to play as "howisitfeellike" on Full Tilt Poker. Poker is a family of card games that share betting rules and usually (but not always) hand rankings. Poker games differ in how the cards are dealt, how hands may be formed, whether the high or low hand wins the pot in a showdown (in some games, the pot is split between the high and low hands), limits on bets and how many rounds of betting are allowed.

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