There is still discussion of estimating that starts with fixing the budget as the solution for No Estimating. This of course simply moves the estimating need to the other two elements of all project work.
These three elements are:
- The technical and operational capabilities delivered by the project
- The cost to produce those capabilities on the planned date
- The schedule on which they will be delivered to meet the needs of the customer on the planned date
So when we think about these three elements, how they are coupled, how they interact, what their second tier driver are, we come back to a fundamental — immutable — question
Can We Make Decisions About How To Spend Other Peoples Money In Exchange For Value, Without Knowing The Cost, Duration, or Expected Delivered Value Of Those Activities?
So when we hear there are ways, let's look at them in the context of actual business conditions to see if they hold up to examination. This assumes of course there are actual, actionable, suggestions to making decisions in the absence of estimates.