Agile Estimating and Planning

One of the most important aspects of agile development is estimating and planning. Yes, this is important even for agile software development. Although agile is a fluid and iterative process, planning does have a necessary place in its programming and project management.

One-day class held at Penn State Great Valley.

Date to be announced
BUSAD 5818 - 7 hours (.7 CEUs) (7 PDUs)
Time:  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fee - $695 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)

Refund Policy - There will be no refunds after the Monday preceding the first day of class.

$25 per person discount for groups of three or more from same company.
To receive the discount, group members must register by phone.

Course Description

This one-day course is designed to show students how to break the cycle of useless or bad project plans by learning and practicing skills that will help create useful plans for reliable decision-making. Students will gain a solid understanding of and experience at Agile release planning and iteration planning. During the course, various approaches to estimating including unit-less points and ideal time will be discussed. The course will describe four techniques for deriving estimates including how to use the popular Planning Poker® technique. We will look at techniques to create a plan that dramatically improves the project's chances of on-time completion.
Prerequisite: Understanding of Agile Methodology 

Who Should Attend

Agile Estimating and Planning is designed for anyone whose responsibilities include estimating and planning. If your teams view planning as something to be avoided, or your organization uses plans as something to hold against development teams, this popular estimating and planning course can help your company break both of those attitudes and cycles.

Penn State is a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.).
PMPs earn 7- Professional Development Units (PDUs)

This course is exclusively licensed from Mike Cohn of Mountain Goat Software for the Philadelphia region. Mike has 15 years of experience with planning techniques on agile projects, and is the author of many publications on this subject.

For more information call 610-648-3281.

Complementary Courses/Programs

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) 
Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) 
Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
Effective User Stories for Agile Requirements
Overview of Agile and Scrum Methods 

About the Instructor, CST®

Kiran Thakkar, who has over 22 years of experience in global application development and leadership, is a Project Management Professional (certified by the PMI) and a Certified Scrum Trainer (certified by the Scrum Alliance). Thakkar also holds an MBA and an MS in computer science. While at Siemens Medical Solutions, he was instrumental in forming one of the largest Agile/Scrum implementations in the world. In addition, he was an overall program release manager for a very large-scale, globally distributed, and FDA-compliant Agile initiative (40+ teams, over 500 members), which is still in use and highly effective at Siemens today.

Thakkar has pioneered implementation of the Agile practices and mentored ScrumMasters globally. He was one of the early adopters of enterprise-level, large-scale Agile/Scrum process.

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Companies and organizations can have this program conducted on site or at another location. Program content can be customized to meet the needs of the company.

Note:  The University reserves the right to cancel courses owing to insufficient enrollment or other unforseen circumstances.

Students with Disabilities
Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Student Services at 610-648-3242 in advance of your participation or visit. Click here for more information.