In my earlier post, I had raised a question, which one of the black circles in the pictures were bigger ?
The reason why people get illusioned to think the left circle is because of the way humans think. We always compare two similar things while making decisions. In the above scenario, each of the center circles are compared with the surrounding circles. The center circle on the left is compared with the surrounding small circles, and similarly the right center circle is compared with surrounding bigger ones.
The relativity in decision making says that
- People assign value to things by comparing one thing to another. People do not possess an innate value meter that determines absolute value.
- People are constantly comparing and contrasting physical things, people, experiences, and ephemeral things such as emotions, attitudes, and points of view.
If I visit a TV shop and there is only one TV, say 20 inch with a price tag of 500$. It is rare that I make a buying a decision as I don’t have anything to compare.
However, if the shop keeper keeps a decoy TV, say 40 inch with a price tag of 600$, then there are more chances that you make a decision, most probably towards buying 40 inch TV. Isn’t this a great idea for the shop keeper to push sales of 40 inch TVs by keeping decoy TVs around it ?
Coming to the Agile world, now you know, why relative estimation is a natural way for the teams to do estimation.