Session type:


Presented by:

Woody Zuill

Freelance Agile Guide

Session time:

11 May 14:00 16:00

Session duration:

120 minutes

About the session

The default of an "estimate-driven" approach is pervasive in software development efforts. While estimates can be useful, it is worthwhile to scrutinise our use of estimates, and to seek better ways to manage the development of software when estimates are not appropriate.
We'll explore the use of estimates, why they might not work as we hope, and other ways we can work.    

In this session we will start with an information-gathering exercise to help us gain a shared idea of our current understanding of the purpose and use of estimates. From here we'll move on to examine the nature of software development projects and a few possible other ways to approach our work.

Who should attend: managers, product owners, developers, and anyone involved in software development
Level: intermediate – having some experience with planning and estimating software development will be useful.
Participant Takeaways:

  • What an estimate is and why we use them.
  • The issues with estimates, and why we need a new approach.
  • How I've been working without estimates.
  • How others have been working without estimates.
  • An approach to start working without estimates, or to reduce your dependency on them.
  • Ways to explore possible alternatives to estimates.

This session has: 
A session number cap: 50 participants

Estimates, Management, Planning

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