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Agile Estimating and Planning

2/9/2011 12:00:00 AM Mitch Lacey & Associates, Inc. Espaço Restelo Rua D.Francisco de Almeida nº8 Lisboa 1400-118 Portugal 38.6982314 -9.2148418 450€ + IVA


Mitch Lacey & Associates, Inc.

  • Course

    Date: 9 February, 2011
    Location: Lisboa, Portugal

    Regular Price: 450€ + IVA

    Agile Estimating and Planning

    Planning is important for all projects, even agile ones. Unfortunately, we’ve all seen so many worthless plans that we’d like to throw planning out altogether. But let’s not give up yet. It is possible to create a project plan that looks forward six to nine months yet is accurate and useful. This one-day course will give you insight as to some common reasons traditional planning methodologies fail and introduce you to some practices that really do work.

    Too many teams view planning as something to be avoided and too many organizations view plans as something to hold against their development teams. In this workshop, you will learn how to break that cycle by acquiring new skills that will help you to create reliable plans for improved decision-making. You will leave with a solid understanding of and experience in agile release planning and iteration planning. We will learn various approaches to estimating, including unit-less points and ideal time. You’ll discover four techniques for deriving estimates, including the popular Planning Poker technique. Together, we’ll explore planning techniques that dramatically increase a project’s chances of on-time completion.

    This course is licensed and supported by Mike Cohn and Mountain Goat Software. The techniques laid out in the class are in Mike's book "Agile Estimation and Planning"

    You Will Learn

    • 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 estimating
    • When and how to re-estimate
    • How and when to perform release and iteration planning
    • Tips for communicating about estimates and plans

    What’s Provided

    Participants will receive printed and bound materials at the start of class. Continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks will be served.

    Professional Development Units (PDUs) 

    PMPs: You can receive 8 PDUs for this course.

  • Details

    Date: 9 February, 2011
    Location: Lisboa, Portugal

    Espaço Restelo
    Rua D.Francisco de Almeida nº8
    Lisboa, 1400-118 Portugal

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    Regular Price: 450€ + IVA

  • 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

    This hands-on course is appropriate for all software team members, including:

    • Project Managers
    • Team Leads
    • Development Managers
    • Product Managers
    • Software Architects
    • Systems Architects
    • Testers
    • CIO
    • CTO


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