Extended Education

Agile Estimating and Planning in London, United Kingdom

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Mountain Goat Software

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  • Course

    Date: 16 May, 2013
    Location: London, United Kingdom

    Regular Price: £700 + VAT

    In this one-day course attendees will leave with a solid understanding and experience of agile planning including release and iteration planning. The course also looks at various approaches to agile estimating including unit-less points and ideal time.

    Mountain Goat Software - Agile Estimating and Planning with Mike Cohn

    Course Description

    One of the most important aspects of agile development training is estimating and planning. Yes, these are important, even for agile software development. Although agile is a fluid and iterative process, that doesn’t mean that planning doesn’t have a place in its programming and project management.

    Despite the many worthless plans that we’ve all seen—which may make us want to skip planning altogether—this Agile Estimating and Planning Training will demonstrate that it’s possible to create accurate project plans useful for programming testing—and projecting forward from 6-9 months. Our Agile Estimating and Planning Training will teach you how to create practical, useful and reliable plans for your software development projects.

    If your teams view planning as something to be avoided, or your organization uses plans as something to hold against development teams, this popular estimating and planning course can help your company break both of those attitudes and cycles.

    Attendees will leave with a solid understanding and experience of agile release and iteration planning. The course also looks at various approaches to estimating including unit-less points and ideal time. The class will present four specific techniques for deriving reliable estimates, including how to use the popular Planning Poker® technique and other techniques that dramatically improve a project's chances of on-time completion.

    By using this approach to estimating, teams learn to answer the ever-challenging questions that plague every development team: “When will we be done?” and “How soon can we have all of these features?”

    PMPs: This course counts for 7.5 Professional Development Units (PDUs).

    Particpants Will Learn

    • How to create an accurate and useful project plan
    • The importance of estimating size and deriving duration
    • The differences between story points and ideal time
    • The advantages of an abstract measure of size
    • Techniques for creating estimates
    • When and how to re-estimate
    • How and when to perform release and iteration planning
    • Tips for communicating about estimates and plans

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    What You Get

    • High quality training from an industry expert
    • A hot lunch buffet and afternoon biscuits
    • A printed, color copy of the course materials
    • Planning

    About the Instructor

    Mike Cohn is the author of User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and Succeeding with Agile. Mike has fifteen years of experience with Scrum and over 25 years of experience in the software industry. He has previously been a technology executive in companies of various sizes, from startup to Fortune 40. A frequent magazine contributor and conference speaker, Mike is a founding member of both the Agile Alliance and the Scrum Alliance.

    Professional Development Units (PDUs)

    PMPs: You can receive 7.5 PDUs for this course. 

    Poker® cards for use in estimating with your team

  • Details

    Date: 16 May, 2013
    Location: London, United Kingdom

    Venue:
    DeVere Venues Canary Wharf hotel
    No. 1 Westferry Circus
    London, E14 4HD United Kingdom
    http://www.deverevenues.co.uk/locations/canary-wharf.html

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    Regular Price: £700 + VAT

    Notes

    Other Courses from Mike Cohn in London This Week

    May 13    User Stories for Agile Requirements
    May 14-15 Certified ScrumMaster

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  • Agenda
    • The Purpose of Planning
    • Estimation Units
      • Desirable attributes
      • Estimate size, derive duration
      • Estimating in story points
      • Estimating in ideal time
      • Debating the merits
    • Techniques for Estimating
      • Triangulation
      • Effort vs. accuracy
      • Planning poker
    • Re-estimating
      • Three re-estimation scenarios
    • Sprint Planning
      • Velocity-driven
      • Commitment-driven
    • Release Planning
      • How to estimate velocity
      • Velocity as a range
      • Predicting project completion
      • Rolling lookahead planning
      • Fixed-date projects
      • Fixed-scope projects
      • Fixed-everything projects
    • Twelve Final Guidelines
  • Who Should Attend

    Whatever your role, if you are involved in estimating or planning a project, you will find this Agile Project Management course beneficial. Participants will return to their jobs with specific recommendations and actions they can perform to improve their current plans and projects.