Recently I dropped a tweet in Twitter with a bit provocative statement about errors in estimates and added the hashtag #noestimates. I would have never thought that this would drag me into such a harsch discussion about estimates and commitments.
While I have had interesting and even good results from setups without estimates, I would not claim that estimates can be left away under any circumstances, nor would I claim that they need to be present to be able to deliver. For me they are a tool for creating an idea of future activities and outcomes. But it is by far not the only one.
Anyhow, there seems to be a kind of religious war between estimators and noestimaters. Ones are pretending business will not be possible without estimates and commitments and noestimators will put whole organizations at risk, while others pretend that estimates are used to force commitment and delivery under every circumstances,which would be a form of modern slavery.
I am wondering thereby if I am just naive or if there is some common sense about estimates I am missing out. What is your experience with this topic, independant if you are an estimator or nonestimator or inbetween?