Estimating and Planning for Scrum Teams Training

Answers to Popular Questions:

 
Yes, this class can be tailored to meet your specific training needs.
Yes, we provide Agile/Scrum consulting services.
Yes, group discounts are provided.

Course Description

 
This one day training course will lay the foundation for understanding and planning successful cost estimates using the Scrum Framework. Scrum Teams will learn how to analyise potential cost, realistic end-time and a full view of the project scope. You will grasp the concepts, principles and methods of accurate estimates, construct robust plans and set appropriate expectations within your organization.
Course Length: 1 Days
Course Tuition: $390 (US)

Prerequisites

The ability to create projects and configure boards

Course Outline

 
 
 
- Understand the roles and responsibilities of Scrum teams
 
- Identify the difference between an estimate, a target and a commitment
 
- Why traditional approaches fail?
 
- Challenges in bigger projects 
 
- Laying ot the foundation upon which you can build daily developments 
 
- What makes a good estimate planning approach?
 
- Mark-out the major influences on a estimate and identify potential errors 
 
- Differentiate between counting, computing or relying on expert judgement
 
- Key elements and tasks for estimate and user stories 
 
- Iteration planning and looking ahead to estimates
 
- How to estimate backlog items 
 
- Merits of story points and ideal days 
 
- Guidelines for selecting apporopriate cost estimation models
 
- Summary

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Agile/Scrum Uses & Stats

Agile/Scrum is Used For:
Project Management Processes Maintenance Iteration
Difficulty
Popularity
Year Created
2001
Pros

Faster Deployment of Solutions
Because there is a continuous collaboration between stakeholders and teams, the focus on the essentials speed up the delivery process.

Gives Every Team Member a Purpose
People own and are expected to deliver on their responsibilities.

Keeps the End Goal in Mind at Every Level
With the end-goal in mind, teams stay focused and unite in their efforts

Promotes Flexibility in Order to Adapt
Close team and customer contact prompts acceptance of change, and frequent deliverables.

Faster Detection of Issues and Defects
Scrum methodology incorporates daily meetings, which helps to identify problems and resolving them in time.
 

Cons

Can Act As a Band-Aid to Bigger Problems
Agile has been the go to cure-method for larger issues that most of the time organizations are not able to deal with because they don’t have a neutral party to facilitate their corporate patterns, practices, policies and culture.

Can Create a Micro-Managed Environment
Practiced incorrectly, a project manager may not want to give up control and neutralize any real decision making from the team.

Not Everyone Is On Board
Although project teams may be ready for agile development, the rest of the company may not always be easily absorbed within larger more traditional organizations where there are significant amounts of rigidity or flexibility within processes, policies, or teams.

Push for Higher Performance
The push for a higher performance is even more relentless than in traditional, procedural organizations that have rigid processes or operating methods.

Not Well-Suited for Every Project
Agile may not work as intended if a customer is not clear on goals, the project manager or team is inexperienced, or if they do not function well under significant pressure.

Agile/Scrum Job Market
Average Salary
$89,553
Job Count
n/a
Top Job Locations

Agile and SCRUM methodologies are practiced mostly in larger organizations that have cross-platform teams that need to be on the same page. Adoption rates vary in different industries. 

 

Industry                       Agile Adoption Rate

Software (ISV)               23 percent

Financial services          14 percent

Professional services     12 percent

Insurance                        6 percent

Healthcare                      6 percent

Government                    5 percent

Telecoms                         4 percent

Transportation                 4 percent

Manufacturing                 4 percent

Complimentary Skills to have along with Agile/Scrum

Agile Methodologies and Frameworks include:

ASD - DevOps - DAD - DSDM - FDD - IID - Kanban - Lean - SD - LeSS - MDD - MSF - PSP - RAD - RUP - SAFe - Scrum SEMAT TSP UP XP

The Standards and Bodies of Knowledge Include:

BABOK - CMMI - IEEE standards - ISO 9001 - ISO/IEC standards - PMBOK - SWEBOK - ITIL

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