Planning & Estimation for Hybrid Agile Teams

Team-Level Agile Planning

Agile development teams in hybrid environments (agile + sequential; software + hardware) are being called on to create more plans and do more estimation than in a pure agile development environment. Learn how planning and estimation work in agile development work efforts, and gain the skills to plan and estimate, not for the number, but for the team understanding that planning and estimating generate.

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Software Planning and Estimation Learning Program

Great hybrid agile teams master these skills

You’ll learn them all in Team-Level Agile Planning and why they’re important. Once these skills are benefitting your teams, you can learn how to support planning and estimation for people outside the team in the Planning Across the Agile Boundary program.

Use multilevel planning

To create plans only as you need them to coordinate immediate action rather than planning for planning’s sake.

Use proxy estimation

To give teams that must present outside the team a good, accurate, and fast method that is useful in agile development practices.

Apply prioritization methods

To help teams inside the agile boundary stay focused while still coordinating with other teams.

Use story point estimation

To free the agile team to focus on design by switching from a promise estimation activity to an ambiguity estimation activity.

Use task estimation

To help the agile team be a team (rather than parallel individuals) by doing detailed design together.

Plan sprints

To increase the agile team’s ability to flow work and to give the Product Owner a better idea of progress.

Topics at a glance

Before your program starts

Find your planning & estimation strengths/weaknesses
Identify target learning areas
Meet with your mentor and review

Agile planning & estimating practices

Define plans at multiple levels
Identify agile planning points in the hybrid environment
Clarify what makes an estimate good
Why estimate agile parts of a hybrid work effort?
A roadmap for planning and estimating in agile development

Planning & estimation with the backlog

Estimate product backlog items (PBI) collections size
Estimate backlog priority across the hybrid environment
Defining “Ready” for the agile development team
Breaking up a PBI for incremental development
Identifying dependencies

Setting up sprint planning

Characteristics of a good user story
Using story points
Bootstrapping initial velocity
Sprint planning overview
Selecting stories for sprints

Creating the sprint plan

Defining and estimating plan items (tasks)
Creating work patterns
Planning the four types of sprint work
Creating a task board
Collecting task estimate feedback
Using a burn down chart

Sample Learning Program

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Customized, minimally disruptive virtual sessions that focus on real-world results through a balanced mix of coursework, self-study, and expert mentoring.

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Team-Level Agile Planning

Learn how planning and estimation work in agile development work efforts. Gain the skills to plan and estimate, not for the number, but for the team understanding that planning and estimating generate.

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Planning Across the Agile Boundary

Learn how teams can plan and estimate for people outside of the team to appropriately set expectations and manage commitments. Also, learn how to translate what the agile team is doing into language that works across the organization.

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Estimation in Depth

Learn to apply proven estimation techniques early, when little is known about the project/agile release train/program increment. Gain a new understanding of what estimation is, and give early estimates with confidence.

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