Agile Estimating and Planning

Overview

Too many teams regard planning as something to be avoided, and too many organizations view plans as something to hold against their development teams. Even so, planning is a key part of all projects, even agile ones. Luckily, it is possible with this Agile Estimating and Planning course, to create a project plan that looks forward six to nine months yet remains accurate and useful. In this one-day class, discover ways to break the cycle of planning failure and learn how to create reliable plans for improved decision making.

This intensive workshop explores the common reasons why traditional planning approaches fail and introduces practices that really do work. Participants leave with a solid understanding of, and experience in, agile release and iteration planning. Multiple approaches to estimating, including unit-less points and ideal time are demonstrated. Participants also will be taught four techniques (including Planning Poker) for deriving estimates that can dramatically increase the chances of on-time completion.

Target Audience

  • Beginner level Agile minds
  • Scrum Masters
  • Product Owners
  • Team Members
  • Anyone interested in the topic

Learning Outcomes

  • The importance of estimating size and driving duration
  • The difference between story points and ideal time
  • The advantages of an abstract measure of size
  • Techniques of estimating and how and when to re-estimate
  • How and when to perform release and iteration planning
  • Tips for communicating about estimates and plans
  • Real world tips and tricks from the Mike Cohn’s fifteen-plus years of planning agile projects.

Content

  • What is Agile Planning?
  • Story Points and Ideal Time
  • Techniques for Estimating
  • Release Planning
  • Sprint Planning
  • Estimating Velocity
  • Fixed-Date and Fixed-Scope Plans
  • Fixed-Everything Plans

Method Used

The approach to course instruction is a blended approach: +/- 40% is theory and +/- 60% is practice in class, depending on the participant’s level of knowledge.

Certification

An Agilocity Certificate of Attendance is issued to learners that meet the Learning Outcomes (LO’s). There is no exam, instead, knowledge is assessed through interactions with participants, and how they demonstrate their understanding of the LO’s.

Duration

One day, on-site at your place of work (for group bookings) or off-site.

Bookings & Cost

Please express your interest via our contact form, with the name of this course in the subject line. We will add you to the list of interested delegates, and alert you once we have enough participants to continue.

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