Agile Estimating and Planning

A good estimating and planning process is integral to project success. Estimates provide information to make decisions, create performance targets and develop plans. Lack of an estimating process and pressure to over promise can lead to overly optimistic estimates that potentially hurt both your project team and their customers. Adaptive planning reduces budgeting and forecasting complexity. This course provides guidelines for project estimation and planning that are consistent with the core principles of Agile Development (e.g. Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Crystal, Feature Driven Development, etc.) and a reference process that satisfies those principles.Students will learn how to construct an estimate using a product backlog as input as well as how to derive and maintain a project schedule and staffing model. You will apply what you learn in a series of exercises that take you through the agile estimating reference process.
"Effective User Story Development with User Stories" or a basic understanding of user stories and product backlogs. Attended "Applying Scrum with User Stories" or attendance at a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course.
2 Days/Lecture & Lab
This course is intended for all project team members, customers and stakeholders who are responsible for deriving, approving or just understanding the fundamentals of a project estimate or project plan.
  • Agile estimating
  • Agile planning
  • Creating your first estimate
  • Tracking and communicating
  • Retrospective

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