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Thursday, July 31 • 14:00 - 15:15
Secrets of Agile Estimation: Myths, Math, and Methods (Stephen Vance) FULL

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You know how to play Planning Poker and compute velocity. Do you know why it works? When you decide to change the recipe, do you know whether you're preserving the integrity of the system? Do you know when you've reached the limits of story points? Do you know whether you are ready for cycle time?

Let's go beyond practicing Agile estimation and move to truly understanding it. Find out several common mistakes in using story points. Improve the effectiveness of your story pointing practice. Recognize the smells of a stagnating estimation practice. Use cycle time to evaluate the effectiveness of your existing estimation strategy. Learn the real pre-conditions to apply cycle time and make them work for you.

With this session, you will have the knowledge to guide your team through any estimating exercise with greater skill and confidence. You will know how to answer the hard questions the skeptics always have as you evolve your estimation practice. Ultimately, you will provide better visibility and forecasts to your organization.

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Stephen Vance

Director of Agile, Zipcar, Inc.
Stephen Vance (@StephenRVance, vance.com) has served in most roles in the software product development process across a wide range of industries and technologies. For the last several years, he has focused on coaching teams in Lean and Agile approaches to development and testing as a practitioner, manager and consultant. He is currently an independent Lean/Agile coach. He is the author of Quality Code: Software Testing Principles, Practices... Read More →

Thursday July 31, 2014 14:00 - 15:15