I’ve been working for quite a while already in project management, in both so called, “waterfall” and “agile software development” projects and again and again I see value in planning. Your Business stakeholders or your Customers always want to know: how long will the project implementation take? when will the certain features be ready? how many resources will be engaged? how much will it cost?
If you do your PM “homework” well, sit down with your team and do some high level planning and estimation – you will be able to answer these questions. And if you provide those answers to your Customers, then the right questions should start coming up: do we really want this feature, which takes so much time to implement and costs so much money? Can we use better skilled people to perform faster? Do we have enough budget to do it all? What can we do for the budget available and what are our priorities?