Agile Training Courses

Estimating and Planning Agile Projects

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Get an in-depth understanding of Agile planning and estimating, including understanding what constitutes just enough, sizing and designing, and planning.

Delve deeper into Agile planning and estimating at the Release and Programme Management levels. This course is designed to give students a more complete and in-depth understanding Agile planning and estimating topics that are commonly a source of struggle and frustration within project teams.

Specifically, this course addresses what constitutes ‘Just Enough’ when it comes to upfront requirements, upfront sizing and design, and planning. By incorporating real world examples and approaches into the curriculum students are able to think practically about these issues.

Participants will learn the six levels of planning which include: Strategic, Portfolio, Roadmap, Release, Iteration, and Daily.

To take this course you should have basic Agile knowledge and experience, this is not a beginner level course.

Is this course for me?

This course is aimed at Program managers, Agile project managers/ Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, PMO, product owners and business sponsors who want to dive deeper into Agile planning and estimating and who already have a basic knowledge and understanding of Agile. Participants must be fully committed to learning and improving.

What will I learn?

  • Define what Agile is and why it is used
  • Address challenges with traditional planning and estimating
  • Implement Agile estimating and planning principles
  • Use the Agile Lifecycle Diagram and know what happens when
  • Implement Affinity Sizing, Poker Planning, Complexity Buckets, and Ideal days
  • Use EPIC sizing buckets and re-estimation and calibration
  • Implement multi-team program release planning
  • Describe Agile metrics - what is measured

What is included in the price?

All Digital Course Materials

Food and Refreshments

Career coach

Does this course help me towards certification/accreditation?

What topics will be covered in the course?

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  1. Agile Estimating and Planning
    1. Agile Estimating and Planning
    2. Organising Tools
    3. About Me
    4. About YOU!
    5. Purpose of This Course
    6. Agenda
  2. The Problems with Planning and Estimating
    1. The Problems with Planning and Estimating
    2. Top Challenges with Planning & Estimation
    3. The Problem We’re Trying to Solve
    4. It’s No Wonder…
    5. Feature Usage
    6. Project Failure Rates
    7. Comparing Success Factors by Method
    8. Questionable strategies applied by IT project teams to stay “out of trouble”
    9. Why 37% of Projects Fail?
    10. Agile Planning
    11. Agenda
  3. Agile Planning and Estimating Principles
    1. Agile Planning and Estimating Principles
    2. The Agile Manifesto – 2001
    3. Agile Principles
    4. Agile Planning is Value Driven
    5. Agile Planning
    6. The Cone of Uncertainty
    7. Agile Estimation vs. Traditional
    8. Great Plans Should…
    10. Agile Planning & Estimating Principles
    11. Accuracy Evolves with Data
    12. Providing a Range Estimate
    13. Who Should Estimate?
    14. Value- Based Decomposition
    15. 6 Planning Levels
    16. The Agile Lifecycle
    17. Agenda
  4. Writing User Stories and Breaking Down EPICs
    1. Writing User Stories
    2. What is a Story?
    3. User Stories: Examples
    4. Example Backlog
    5. Sample Stories for Process Improvement
    6. Guidelines for User Stories
    7. Levels of Agile Requirements
    8. Sample Requirements Breakdown
    9. Non-User Stories
    10. Story Writing Workshops
    11. Sample Story Map
    12. Techniques for Slicing Stories
    13. VIDEO: Story Slicing Techniques
    14. Agenda
  5. Estimation and Sizing Methods
    1. Estimation and Sizing Methods
    2. Estimating
    3. The ‘Right Method’ for the ‘Right Time’
    4. Agile Estimation Techniques
    5. Affinity Estimating
    6. Methods for Deriving an Estimate
    7. Common Sizing Units
    8. Why Story Points?
    9. Story Points – Fibonacci Scale
    10. Planning Poker for Story Sizing
    11. The Complexity Bucket Method
    12. VIDEO: Story Sizing
    13. Workshop – Relative Sizing
    14. Agenda
  6. Understanding Velocity and Capacity
    1. Understanding Velocity
    2. What is Velocity?
    3. Velocity and Points
    4. Measuring Velocity
    5. Sample Point and Cost Burn Up Chart
    6. EVM-Value Cost Burn-up
    7. How Velocity Helps with Planning
    8. Estimating Initial Velocity
    9. Capacity Planning
    10. Iteration Capacity Map
    11. Comparing Team Velocities
    12. Factors Affecting Team Velocity
    13. How You Can Influence Velocity
    14. Agenda
  7. Building a Release Plan
    1. Building a Release Plan
    2. What is Release Planning?
    3. Release Planning Session
    4. Release Planning Sample Agenda
    5. Sample Iteration and Release Plan
    6. How Long Should My Iteration Be?
    7. Fixed Time…Fixed Scope
    8. Steps for Planning Fixed Scope
    9. Example – Planning for Fixed Scope
    10. Steps for Planning Fixed Date
    11. Planning for Additional Iterations
    12. Schedule Buffering Methods
    13. Example: Estimating release with Buffers
    14. Sample Release Planning Wall
    15. VIDEO: Release Planning
    16. Re-Estimation and Calibration
    17. Course Check-Point – Your Takeaways
    18. Agenda
  8. Multi-Team Programme Planning
    1. Multi-team Programme planning
    2. What is an Agile Programme?
    3. Single Team Programme
    4. Multi-team Programme
    5. Top Challenges with Multi-team Planning
    6. Steps for Multi-Team Planning
    7. Building a Product Roadmap
    8. Roadmap Sample
    9. Multi-team Release Planning Session
    10. Tips for the Planning Session
    11. Multi-team Release Planning Sample Agenda

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