Factors Affecting Sprint Effort Estimation

  • Melvina Autar Ramessur
  • Soulakshmee Devi NagowahEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1089)


Scrum projects consist of multiple iterations, known as sprints during which user stories are implemented. Estimating user stories of an iteration accurately is important in order to provide clarity and help management to control the project successfully. This leads to the necessity of identifying factors that impact the accuracy of a sprint effort estimation. This paper therefore aims to identify factors and reasons for inaccurate effort estimation of a sprint. For this purpose, a survey is conducted in a scrum environment with professionals with proven agile expertise. The survey is based on 15 completed small-scaled agile projects in a well-known Mauritian company. Results of the survey are summarized in the paper, and recommendations are made.


Effort estimation Scrum Sprint Factors 



Consent was obtained from all participants who participated in the survey. They were informed that the data provided would be kept anonymous and no personal or health-related information would be recorded, prior to conducting the survey.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melvina Autar Ramessur
    • 1
  • Soulakshmee Devi Nagowah
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Software and Information Systems DepartmentUniversity of MauritiusReduitMauritius

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