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Agile Estimating and Planning

6/20/2011 12:00:00 AM Mitch Lacey & Associates, Inc. Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n Porto 4200-465 Portugal 41.1790418 -8.5986586 250€ + IVA


Mitch Lacey & Associates, Inc.

  • Course

    Date: 20 June, 2011
    Location: Porto, Portugal

    Regular Price: 250€ + IVA

    June 20, 2011, Oporto Portugal.

    This course will be taught in English. €250 DISCOUNTED Pricing due to the Agile 2011 PT conference. All prices exclude VAT of 23%

    Training Session is part of Agile PT 2011 and is located at the following address:

    Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
    Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n
    4200-465 Porto PORTUGAL


    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


    Professional Development Units (PDUs) 

    PMPs: You can receive 8 PDUs for this course. To learn more on how to maintain your PMI PMP (or other) credential, please visit this link on


    About the Instructor - Mitch Lacey, PMP

    Mitch Lacey is an agile practitioner and trainer. Mitch has been managing projects for over twelve years and has numerous plan-driven and agile projects under his belt.

    Mitch honed his agile skills at Microsoft Corporation, where he successfully released core enterprise services for Windows Live. Mitch's first agile team at Microsoft was coached by Ward Cunningham (creator of the wiki and co-creator of Extreme Programming), Jim Newkirk (creator of nUnit) and David Anderson (Kanban advocate).

    While at Microsoft, he transitioned from Program Manager to Agile Coach, working hand-in-hand with groups throughout their transition to Agile practices. After Microsoft, Mitch was the Agile Practice Manager at Ascentium Corporation where he practiced agility on the projects he ran every day while coaching customers on agile practices and lessons on agile adoption worldwide.

    As a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and a registered Project Management Professional (PMP), Mitch shares his experience in project and client management through Certified ScrumMaster courses, Agile coaching engagements, conference presentations, blogs and white papers.

    He is the author of “Adventures in Promiscuous Pairing” presented and published at the Agile 2006 conference, “Transitioning to Agile: Key Lessons Learned in the Field” presented and published at the Fall 2007 PMI Global Congress in Atlanta, Georgia and "The Impacts of Poor Estimating - and How to Fix It" presented and published at the winter 2007 SQE Agile development conference in Orlando, Florida.

    He has presented at Agile Alliance Agile 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 conferences, the 2008 Better Software Conference and the 2008, 2009 and 2010 SQE Agile Development Practices conferences as well as various other smaller conferences around the world. He was a reviewer and XR shepherd for Agile 2007, reviewer for 2008, stage producer for the Organization and Culture stage for Agile 2009 produced the Leadership and Organizations stage for Agile 2010. Mitch is producing the Leadership stage for Agile 2011 and presenting at SQE Better Software in June 2011.

    Mitch is currently authoring a book targeting new Scrum teams on how to survive the first year of Scrum. The book will be published by Addison Wesley and is scheduled for publication in 2011.

  • Details

    Date: 20 June, 2011
    Location: Porto, Portugal

    Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
    Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n
    Porto, 4200-465 Portugal
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    Regular Price: 250€ + 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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