Agile Estimating & Planning Workshop

Friday: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM – JR Winder

Software engineering management expert JR Winder walks you step-by-step through agile estimating techniques you can use to understand the size of your project and how long it will take. You and your team will quickly come up with accurate estimates and you’ll be able to forecast completion dates based on how fast the team is moving. You’ll learn how to deal with changes in scope and priority while always being able to tell management, “This is when we’ll be done.”

Have you ever been asked, “How long do you think this will take?” or “When will this be done?”

You’re not alone. Estimating software projects is very challenging, especially when faced with evolving business requirements, a hallmark of the agile process.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand how user stories, story points, planning poker, and velocity work together to provide predictable schedule estimates.
  • Learn techniques you can immediately apply to your projects to estimate how fast your team will go, both before they start and as they’re getting ramped up.
  • Learn about the cone of uncertainty and how to apply its concepts to present a larger range of estimated completion timeframes early in the project, and narrow that range as the project continues.


JR Winder

JR has over 15 years of experience with software project management at a variety of professional services firms. He has managed software development projects of all sizes across many different industries. He’s seen first-hand how challenging managing technical projects can be, and has experienced the tremendous benefits of a Scrum process when done right. At Ascendle he has acted as both product owner and ScrumMaster, as well as being the company’s most experienced trainer and coach.