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Agile Planning & Estimating

Continuing Agile Education

You are a member of Scrum team that has a challenge with planning and you would like to improve your skills of estimation?

“Agile Planning & Estimating” is a one-day training that provides an elaboration of Agile Planning and Estimating principles, practices and techniques, why to estimate and how to plan. Businesses need estimates to influence project selection, resource allocation, and to understand what will be delivered, when and at what cost, so needs good base for a successful plan. Training will help you with planning and show you how to create meaningful estimates even for complex, long-term projects.


What is the value training will provide for your team?

Although many teams find planning as something to hold against their development teams, still planning is a key part of all projects, even agile ones. It is possible to create a project plan that looks forward six to nine months and is accurate and useful. Training will provide insight into the common reasons what kind of advantages you can obtain comparing to traditional method of planning.

It will introduce participants with new skills to use in creating improved plans for reliable decision-making. Participants leave with excellent understanding of, and experience with, agile release and iteration planning. Multiple approaches to estimating, including unit-less points and ideal time are demonstrated and participants will be taught techniques for deriving estimates.


Who is this training tailored for?

Primarily Product Owners and Scrum Masters, as well as members of Development team, who are very familiar with Scrum framework and have been using Scrum framework for some time.


It is of sufficient interest if…

For this training, it will be highly recommendable for a participant to have previous knowledge of User Stories and the Definition of Done.

It is highly recommended to attend it along with the “Agile Requirements & User Stories” training. The content of the two courses is highly related and the participants will obtain more knowledge if they attend both courses.


What is training about?

This training will introduce participants with importance of estimating size and deriving duration, also with differences between story points and ideal time, same as with advantages of an abstract measure of size.

Training cover topics such as techniques of estimating and how and when to re-estimate, or how and when to perform release and iteration planning and offer some tips for communicating about estimates and plans.


Brief Introduction:

  • Agile Planning
  • Story Points
  • Relative Sizing Exercise
  • Techniques for Estimating
  • Agile estimating
  • Sprint planning
  • Team’s velocity
  • Release planning
  • Q&As


Training Takeaways:

  1. What is Agile approach to planning and what are characteristics of Agile planning;
  2. Different levels of Agile planning (Release Plan, Sprint Plan and Daily Plan);
  3. Introduction with term of Story point, what are main characteristics of Story points, why to use Story point and how they are different compared to ideal days;
  4. What relative estimation is and how is it different compared to absolute estimation;
  5. Introduction to Relative Sizing with practice through an exercise;
  6. Techniques for Agile Estimating, such as Estimates by Analogy, Disaggregation and Planning Poker – three levels of planning are introduced (release plan, iteration plan and daily plan);
  7. When is right time to estimate and why – you will learn why estimation is hard, when to re-estimate and what is a difference between estimation and commitment;
  8. About two techniques for sprint planning: Velocity-driven and Commitment-driven Iteration;
  9. About the term “Team’s Velocity” and how to forecast team’s velocity when you have a team with historical data or when your team is new to Agile;
  10. How to do Release Planning with historical team’s velocity – you will learn how to predict release contents with fixed date, fixed scope or fixed price plans.


Details about Agile Planning & Estimating Training:

As the all available trainings by Agile Serbia & Puzzle Software, Agile Planning & Estimating Training is organized on scheduled date, or can be organized on request (on-site) where the Company is the host.

Training is carefully structured to help executives keep ahead of rapidly evolving business environments.

Note: SEUs are structured on a point system, and SEU is based on a 1:1 ratio of contact hours to points. Full day of training is equivalent to 8 SEUs. You are required to earn Scrum Education Units (SEUs) by completing educational training or learning opportunities as a validation of your continued proficiency and because of your future certification.


How it was on Agile Planning & Estimating previous trainings?

The training can be organized on-site (in your company), tailored to companies needs. Choose the date and send us your request!

Zoran Vujkov

Zoran Vujkov is an experienced Agile Coach since 2008, and Certified Scrum Professional, certified by the Scum Alliance. He is also Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, SAFe Practitioner, and PRINCE2 Practitioner. He has 20+ years experience in the Software industry working for big companies like Barclays Bank, SonyEricsson, Promethean, Schneider DMS, United Cloud, Philip Morris International.


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