Estimates or NoEstimates – Woody Zuill, Agile on the Beach Conference 2018


Estimates or NoEstimates Mini Workshop – Double
Woody Zuill
Independent Agile Guide

Bonus Track (E) 2018
Thursday 15:15 – 17:00

Session type: Workshop (without computers)
Session level: Suitable for all

Estimates or NoEstimates Mini Workshop – Double

The default use of an “estimate-driven” approach is pervasive in software development efforts. While estimates can be useful, it is worthwhile to scrutinize our use of estimates, and to seek better ways to manage the development of software when estimates are not appropriate.

In this session from the 2018 Agile On The Beach Conference, Woody Zuill explores the purpose and use of estimates and consider possible alternatives. The default use of an “estimate-driven” approach is pervasive in software development efforts, and while estimates can be useful, it is worthwhile to scrutinize our use of estimates of cost, time, and effort, and to seek better ways to manage software development projects.

We depend on estimates to make important decisions, and yet we’re often disappointed by the results. There are a number of things to explore and many questions to ask.

For example, do we really need estimates for all the things we are currently using them?

Are we getting a reasonable benefit from them?

Is it possible to manage software development projects without these estimates, or at least with fewer estimates?

Is there a way to prove that estimates are helping us make good decisions?

Is it possible there are other ways to approach our work?

In this session Woody examines the nature of software development projects, and see if people can work together to come up with some ideas about alternatives to using estimates.

BIOGRAPHY
Woody Zuill, an independent Senior Agile Consultant, Trainer, and Guide and has been programming computers for 35+ years. As a pioneer of the Mob Programming approach of teamwork for software development he has been sharing presentations and workshops on Mob Programming for conferences, user groups, and companies all over the world.

He is considered one of the founders of the “#NoEstimates” discussion on Twitter. Woody believes that code must be simple, clean, and maintainable so that we can realize the Agile Value of Responding to Change, and that we must constantly “Reflect, tune, and adjust” so we can continuously grow our skills and improve our capabilities.

Agile on the Beach is a leading annual conference in Falmouth, Cornwall UK. Since 2011 Agile on the Beach has been a two day agile conference, set on the Cornish coast with a beach party in between. The conference explores agile software, products, teams, business and practices. With over 400 attending, the conference hosts 50 seminars and workshops to provide the ultimate agile learning experience, along with ample opportunities for networking at its 3 evening events.

For more information on the annual agile conference visit www.agileonthebeach.com

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