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Agile Estimating & Planning by Amaad Qureshi

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An introduction to Agile Estimating and how it can be used to measure the size and length of work.

Agile estimating & planning is a way of measuring the size and time it takes to complete a task. This technique is used by Agile teams in Enterprise and can be utilised in the same way by Start-ups not just for software but for all areas of the business. In this talk I will show you how estimating & planning works by:
- Writing effective user stories
- Writing tests to validate stories (acceptance criteria)
- Using story points to work out the size of a task
- Estimating using Planning Poker
- Using Story Points to calculate a team’s velocity (speed of work)
- Using a team’s velocity to calculate project length

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Agile Estimating & Planning by Amaad Qureshi

  1. 1. About Me  Amaad Qureshi  Business Development Manager – Learning Connexions  Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Product Owner  Organiser – Agile Connexions Meet-up Group  Co-organiser – Agile 101, AppsJuction Meet-up Groups  Member: Agile Alliance, Scrum Alliance, BCS The Chartered Institute for IT  Finalist Agile Awards – ‘Person Who has done most to promote Agile in 2015’
  2. 2. About Learning Connexions  We are a high-end training company based in the UK  We deliver certified agile and technical training with world-class trainers to Bucharest & Cluj  We run community workshops through Agile Connexions Romania Meet-up group  All our courses are dedicated to the learning experience and making training interactive and engaging
  3. 3. What is Agile Estimating & Planning?
  4. 4. What is Agile Estimating? Agile Estimating is a method to measure how long it will take to complete a task This is done By Using a teams experience and productivity to derive length and cost How By utilising Story Points to work out a teams velocity
  5. 5. Story Points
  6. 6. Lets Start with User Stories User Stories are a way of breaking down a project into measurable tasks that allow you to effectively plan the length of the project and deliver value to the product/client. User stories are usually written on post it’s and ask 3 things.
  7. 7. User Stories … Acceptance Criteria (tests) are written on the back of user stories, usually as 3 or 4 bullet points. These form the Definition of Done (the tests need to be satisfied for the task to be completed.
  8. 8. Story Points on a Kanban Board
  9. 9. Story Points Story Points tell you how long a user story will take:  Story points are assigned to user stories by the team carrying out the task  Story Points are usually assigned using Fibonacci Numbers: 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 40 and 100  The value story points represent are ‘effort’ For example:  A login screen is a 2.  A search feature is an 8.
  10. 10. Story Points 3 4 12 © Mike Cohn, 2015
  11. 11. How it works
  12. 12. How to Estimate © Mike Cohn, 2015
  13. 13. How to Estimate We know…  That three islands are about the same distance (12) away  That another island is about twice as far away We don’t know…  How long it will take to sail a distance of 12 But we do know…  That we can sail to all the islands 12 away in about the same time  That it will take twice as long to the farther island
  14. 14. How to Estimate © Mike Cohn, 2015
  15. 15. How to Estimate © Mike Cohn, 2015
  16. 16. No reliance on actual distances  We can now reliably estimate how long it will take to get to each of the four islands.  Even though we still don’t know how far away each island is. How to Estimate
  17. 17. Relating This Back to Software
  18. 18. The right tools for the job
  19. 19. Planning Poker® An iterative approach to estimating Steps:  Each estimator is given a deck of cards, each card has a valid estimate written on it  Product owner reads a story and it’s discussed briefly  Each estimator selects a card that’s his or her estimate  Cards are turned at the same time  Discuss differences (especially outliers)  Re-estimate until estimates converge © Mike Cohn, 2015
  20. 20. Planning Poker Example © Mike Cohn, 2015
  21. 21. Benefits of Planning Poker  Those who will do the work, estimate the work  Estimators are required to justify estimates  Focuses most estimates within an approximate one order of magnitude  Combining of individual estimates through group discussion leads to better estimates  Emphasizes relative rather than absolute estimating  Estimates are constrained to a set of values so we don’t waste time in meaningless arguments  Everyone’s opinion is heard  It’s quick and fun
  22. 22. Zoo Game Numbers we’ll use today:  ?  0  1/2  1  2  3  5  8  13  40  100  ∞ © Mike Cohn, 2015
  23. 23.  Lion  Kangaroo  Rhinoceros  Bear  Giraffe  Gorilla  Hippopotamus  Tiger Zoo Game
  24. 24. 1. Arrange yourselves in groups 2. Your task is to put the animals in order of size 3. Assign Zoo Points to estimate 4. Estimate as a group and decide how many Zoo points each animal should be assigned 5. If group estimates are different, discuss then re- estimate 6. Put animals in order of size highest to lowest Zoo Game
  25. 25. Think about: 1. The discussions you just had in your groups? 2. Was there high estimates and low estimates? 3. How did you decide/compromise? 4. Did your estimates synch up? (was a 3 zoo point animal the same size as 1+2 zoo point animal?) Zoo Game
  26. 26. Estimating Tips Gut Feeling: use your instinct Estimate by Analogy: estimating by comparing Triangulate: Estimating by verifying (is a 3 point story the same as a 1 and a 2 point story) Disaggregation: If you cant agree on an estimate try breaking the user story down into a smaller story
  27. 27. Velocity & Project duration
  28. 28. Duration of Project 1. Work out estimates (story points) for all user story's in a project 2. Add up all story points to work out project length
  29. 29. Duration of Project 3. After first few iterations (development stages) work out how many story points are completed per hour/day to work out length of task. e.g. If a team on avg. completes 2 story points per day: Velocity is = story points / time taken If there are 80 story points in a project than you can estimate that it will take 40 days to complete the project.
  30. 30. Duration of Project Every time you start new projects, use the average velocity of past projects as a estimate for projected length of new projects. Past Projects Total Story Points for project (x) Team average Story Points per/day (y) Length of project (x/y) a 80 4 20 days b 70 5 14 days c 85 5 17 days The more you estimate, the more accurate you will get!
  31. 31. Resources  Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/AmaadQureshi  Mike Cohn:  Book(s): Estimating & Planning  www.mountaingoatsoftware.com  Roman Pichler  www.romanpichler.com  www.planningpoker.com  www.trello.com
  32. 32. Clean Code Workshop – Cluj Sat 7th Nov What you will learn:  The impact of bad code  How to make your code consistent  How to communicate within your development team  Naming, comments and function best practices  Why the aesthetics of your code matters!  The workshop will be a mix of theoretical explanations and practical code examples written in Java and/or Ruby.
  33. 33. Thank You Questions? Email: Amaad@learningconnexions.com Twitter: @AmaadQ Agile Connexions Romania: http://www.meetup.com/Agile-Connexions-Romania/

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