11 - 13 May 2016

thestudio, Manchester, UK

Agile estimation and planning

Ian Carroll flowcore.co.uk

Session type: Tutorial
Session duration: 90 minutes

About this Tutorial

How long will it take? How much will it cost? The 2 questions that constantly haunt development teams.

This session is in 2 parts. Part 1 is how to estimate before the project has even started - normally in the context of when you're building the business case to secure funding for the project to proceed.

Part 2 then covers the detail of how to size, estimate, plan and track progress once funding has been secured and the project has started. This is an instructor led hands-on workshop covering:

  • goodbye Gantt charts, hello adaptive planning
  • burn-up charts
  • multi-goal planning and tracking
  • dependency management
  • estimation and sizing
  • scheduling
  • iterations or continuous flow?
  • predictive delivery
  • managing capacity
  • agile resource management

About the Speaker

Brickell Key Award winner Ian Carroll is a consultant, coach and speaker on all topics related to lean, kanban and agile software development. Using over 25 years of hands-on experience, he helps clients transform their organisations using kanban and other lean and agile techniques to lower costs while increasing their ability to respond to changing market demands and outperform competitors.

Ian has trained and coached hundreds of software development teams in agile, lean and kanban techniques, and has broken new ground by scaling lean principles to the portfolio level and beyond.

Ian founded Lean Agile Manchester - a meet up group with over 1000 members - and is a regular speaker at agile, lean and kanban related conferences.


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