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Agile Estimating and Planning
10/23/2009 12:00:00 AM Mountain Goat Software Nordic Sea Hotel Vasaplan 4 Stockholm 101 37 Sweden 59.3323052 18.0564906 SEK 9.500


Mountain Goat Software


  • Course

    Date: 23 October, 2009
    Location: Stockholm, Sweden

    Regular Price: SEK 9.500

    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.

    Particpants 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

    Course Materials

    Participants will receive printed and bound materials at the start of class.

    Combine This Class with Other Training

    This class will be preceded by a Certified Scrum Product Owner class in the same location. You can attend classes separately or together.

    What You Get

    • High quality training from an industry expert
    • A hot lunch buffet and two coffee breaks
    • A printed, color copy of the course materials
    • Planning Poker® cards for use in estimating with your team

    Professional Development Units (PDUs)

    PMPs: You can receive 8 PDUs for this course. 


    Don’t see a date and location you like? Want to train a team or department without the hassle of travel? This agile course is available for onsite delivery. Contact Mike Cohn at (720) 890-6110 or by e-mail at


    Download a PDF brochure with additional information.

    Cancellation Policy

    Registered students may cancel without penalty up to September 18. Cancellation after this date requires full payment. A course registration may be transferred to another person after contacting Citerus, which is organizing this class for Mike in Stockholm. If the class is cancelled by Citerus, for any reason, a full refund will be issued of the amount paid for the class. No matter the cause of the cancellation, Citerus will not be responsible for student¹s travel expense, loss of time etc.

  • Details

    Date: 23 October, 2009
    Location: Stockholm, Sweden

    Nordic Sea Hotel
    Vasaplan 4
    Stockholm, 101 37 Sweden

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    Regular Price: SEK 9.500


    This class will be preceded by a Certified Scrum Product Owner class in the same location. You can attend each class separately or with this class.

  • 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 course beneficial. Participants will return to their jobs with specific recommendations and actions they can perform to improve their current plans and projects.


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