Agile Deep Dive: Agile Estimating & Planning Workshop

Friday: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PMDave Todaro

Software engineering management expert Dave Todaro 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.

In this workshop, software engineering management expert Dave Todaro will walk 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.”

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.

 

Dave Todaro

Dave has a particular passion for predictable, repeatable, and consistent software development, and fell in love with Scrum when he adopted it over 11 years ago. He’s since refined the process with his teams and has traveled the world, speaking to thousands of software professionals about a variety of agile topics.

Dave is the author of The Epic Guide to Agile: More Business Value on a Predictable Schedule with Scrum.

Dave is founder and CEO of Ascendle, a Boston-based firm that leverages Microsoft technologies to build web and mobile apps for the world’s leading companies.

Learn more about Dave on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dtodaro.