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Friday, November 8 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Guessing Game - Alternatives to Agile Estimation and the #NoEstimates debate

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Agile promotes empiricism and change, yet many practitioners continue to scope out and estimate delivery times and costs for software products and projects.

Defenders of the art of estimation claim that we need to estimate software projects in order to answer common business and customer questions such as:

  • Shouldwegoaheadwiththisproject?(go/no-go)
  • Howmuchwillitcost?(bottomline)
  • Whenwillitbedone?(predictability)
  • ShouldwedoprojectBinsteadofA?(prioritisation)

This session challenges participants to flip these questions on their heads and seek alternatives to estimation rituals. It covers the many risks inherent with an estimation culture and demonstrates real, practical alternatives, both at the portfolio and the sprint level.

Participants will get the following learning outcomes:

  • How to reduce the uncertainty and risk inherent with popular estimation models and rituals
  • How to determine the price for your customer without estimation rituals
  • How to determine delivery dates and roadmaps without estimation rituals
  • How to determine which projects to pursue without estimation rituals
  • How to do Scrum o rXP without estimation rituals
  • When, if ever, is it appropriate to estimate software projects?

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Neil Killick

Director, Iterative
Neil is a passionate Agile and Lean thinker, blogger, speaker and helper. He provides Coaching, Training, Project/Product Management and Business Analysis services to organisations who are looking to become more effective at delivering the right software in the right way. Having seen... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm GMT+08
Technical Space Hibiscus Main Ballroom

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