We have to estimate the size of projects for forecasts, for portfolio-related decisions, and to prepare quotations for customers. But how can we reliably estimate a project's size without identifying and analyzing every single user story? And does it make sense to analyze in so much detail when a substantial portion of the effort is likely to be wasted?
Software sizing is an essential part of estimating our resource needs for a project. In order to forecast time and budget, we need to be able to quantify “what” we are building. This is because the resources required are related to “how much” software is built.
Randomized Branch Sampling (RBS) represents an approach that can enable us to accurately size a prospective project by focusing on just a small portion of the planned tasks. It was developed so an individual only had to count the number of fruit that existed on a limited number of branches of a fruit tree to arrive at a highly reliable estimate of the actual number of fruit that could be harvested from the entire tree. The same technique can be applied to Agile and Lean projects by examining a subset of user stories and tasks across a range of proposed epics in order to estimate total project size.
This session will give attendees practical knowledge on how to use Scrumban Randomized Branch Sampling (RBS) when planning Agile projects. The technique presented will produce accurate results for most projects with relatively little effort.
About the speakers:
Dimitar Bakardzhiev (Presenter) is the Managing Director of Taller Technologies Bulgaria and an expert in driving successful and cost-effective technology development. As a Lean-Kanban University (LKU)-Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT) and avid, expert Kanban practitioner, Dimitar puts lean principles to work every day when managing complex software projects with a special focus on building innovative, powerful mobile CRM solutions for Oracle CRM On Demand and Siebel CRM users.
Ajay Reddy (Introduction) is the co-founder of ScrumDo.com, Enterprise Agility coach at CodeGenesys, LLC, co-creator of getScrumban.com and author of the upcoming Addison Wesley book Scrumban [R]Evolutions.
Agile 101 for April 2, 2015
Learn about one of the most powerful ceremonies in Scrum – what is it? Why have a retrospective? When to have one and how to be sure it results in positive action. Led by Marie Schulmann, CSM, Corporate Agile Coach at Bottomline Technologies.
About the session leader:
Marie Schulmann is a Corporate Agile Coach at Bottomline Technologies where she works with teams across the globe to transition from waterfall technologies to Agile/Scrum practice or to enhance their current Agile/Scrum practices. As a CSM & PMP, Marie writes a monthly column for BT staff on various Scrum topics and technique. She has delivered Agile/Scrum training to over 100 Bottomline Technologies employees and delivered customized workshops in Jira as well as backlog grooming and user story writing techniques.
Prior to Bottomline, Marie held positions as an Agile coach, Scrum Master and Program manager for multiple Scrum teams delivering software products in Healthcare, Cybersecurity and Education markets.
Agile 101 and Kanban 101 courses run from 6:00 to 6:45 during the networking period of the monthly meeting. A sign-up sheet is posted at 5:30 near the check-in table. Capacity is limited to 10 people per class, and sign-up is first come, first served.
Kanban 101 for April 2, 2015
Why Most People Misunderstand Kanban
Despite all the attention it has received, Kanban is misunderstood by many technology professionals. We'll engage in a high-level overview of Kanban's origins and evolution, and illustrate how in its current form it can bring new capabilities to the way we work. Led by Ajay Reddy, Chief Product Strategist for ScrumDo.com and Jack Speranza, COO of Code Genesys.
About the session leaders:
Ajay Reddy has coached several teams in Scrumban and Kanban in the last five years. He founded Code Genesys, an Agile-Kanban boutique in 2009 and ScrumDo, a Scrumban tool in 2010, with the express purpose of facilitating Agile implementations. His most recent production is the GetScrumban game has been a valuable learning aid to teach Flow principles to Scrum teams. He is the Chief Product Strategist for ScrumDo.com -now used in 145 countries. Twitter: @ajrdy
Jack Speranza leads operations for Code Genesys. In addition to serving as a trainer and coach, Jack’s passionate about maximizing the impact of technology throughout a business. He’s implemented Kanban as a management framework across non-IT operations, and enjoys contributing to the creation of high-performing organizations. Jack teaches the Entrepreneurship Capstone at Clark University, and has served on the University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program Board of Advisors for the past several years.
Agile Product Owner vs. Product Manager
May 07, 2015, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,Constant Contact, Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Agile New England and the Boston Product Management Association (BPMA) welcome you to a lively discussion of the roles of the product owner and product manager in Agile development environments. Our panel of experts will explore the overlap and differences between these important roles, and how each can maximize the team's responsiveness to customer needs.
The panel will explore questions like:
Are both roles necessary, or are they really the same job?
How are product manager and product owner responsibilities similar and different in Agile?
How does the product manager role change when an organization transitions to Agile?
What is the right balance between customer interaction and guidance for the development team?
What sort of background and temperament is required for each role?
This will be a joint meeting of Agile New England and the BPMA. Bring your questions about the product owner and product manager roles to this session. Whether you are new to Agile or an expert, please join us in what is sure to be an exciting panel discussion.