Agile Project Planning and Estimation

Estimating and planning are not just about determining an appropriate deadline or schedule. Planning-especially an ongoing iterative approach to planning-is a quest for value. Planning is an attempt to find an optimal solution to the overall product development question: What should we build? To answer this question, the team considers features, resources, and schedule. The question cannot be answered all at once. It must be answered iteratively and incrementally. PM Expert's course on planning and estimation will help you master the techniques  and best practices for continuous planning and estimation  and how panning can help you in maximizing the value

Course contents

Agile Planning and Estimation

Module 1

  • The Purpose of Planning 
  • Why do it?
  • What makes a good plan?
  • What makes planning agile?
  • Why planning fails
  • Planning is by Activity rather than feature
  • Multitasking causes further delays
  • Features are not developed or implemented based on priority
  • We ignore uncertainty
  • Estimations become commitment
  • An Agile Approach
  • An Agile Approach to Projects
  • An Agile Approach to Planning

Module 2

  • Estimating Size with story points
  • Story points are relative
  • Velocity
  • Estimation in Ideal days
  • Ideal time and Software development
  • Ideal days as a measure of size
  • one estimate not many
  • Techniques for Estimation
  • Planning Poker
  • Affinity 
  • Re-Estimating
  • When-not to Re-Estimate
  • When to Re-estimate
  • Re-Estimating partially  completed stories
  • The purpose of Re-Estimating 

Module 3

Planning for value

  • Prioritization Techniques
  • Factors in Prioritization
  • MOSCOW Technique
  • Kano Model
  • Relative weighting
  • Scheduling
  • Release planning Essentials
  • Iteration Planning
  • Selecting an Iteration Length
  • Estimating for Velocity
  • Buffering the plan for uncertainty

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