Agile Estimating and Planning Training

If your teams view planning as something to be avoided, or your organisation uses plans as something to hold against development teams, this estimating and planning course can help your company break both of those attitudes and cycles.

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One of the most important aspects of agile development is estimating and planning. Although agile is a fluid and iterative process, that doesn't mean that planning shouldn’t play a vital role in your projects. Mike Cohn’s estimating and planning course will teach you specific techniques for deriving reliable estimates, while side-stepping the pain that normally comes with trying to estimate projects.

We’ve all seen many worthless plans - which may make us want to skip planning altogether! We will demonstrate that it's possible to create worthwhile, precise plans that are actually a useful part of the development project rather than a hindrance.

What you will learn: 
• How to create an accurate and useful project plan 
• The importance of estimating size and deriving duration 
• Differences between story points and ideal time 
• Advantages of an abstract measure of size 
• Techniques for creating estimates 
• When and how to re-estimate

You will leave with a solid understanding and experience of agile release and iteration planning, dramatically improving your chances of on-time completion. Through this class teams learn to answer the ever–challenging questions that plague every development team: “When will we be done?” and “How soon can we have all of these features?”.

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This course is equally suited for developers, ScrumMasters, Product Owners, managers, testers, project managers or anyone involved in estimating or planning a project. Participants will be able to return to their jobs with specific recommendations and actions they can perform to improve their current plans and projects.

This course has no set prerequisites, however experience working in an agile/Scrum environment would be an advantage. If you’re coming from a waterfall environment we’d recommend you take one of our Certified ScrumMaster courses before this estimating and planning workshop to get the most out of it.

Regardless of whether you’re new to agile development or have been doing it for a while we recommend you read the Agile Manifesto and Scrum Guide to prepare for this class.

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