Many believe that, unlike many other development methods, it is impossible to measure agile software projects for the purpose of estimating their cost or subcontracting them. This assertion comes from the fact that all the detailed requirements are not necessarily known at the beginning of an agile project, which implies that the measurement is not obligatory or even impossible. The estimation and measurements conducted during an agile project are focused on the work done by the team which is dedicated to a particular sprint. Since only a few measures are taken into account, they would be added for the overall financial management purposes.
However, a problem subsists. If the product of the agile project is not measured, the subcontracting agreement will be based on hourly rates. This kind of agreement reduces a company’s ability to plan and to financially monitor the project. It goes without saying that to properly manage a business, it is mandatory to monitor projects. Furthermore, the budgetary estimate may end up being useless since it will be imprecise.
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