Death, Taxes and Estimations

Just like Death and Taxes, Estimations were both feared and inevitable.  We’ve all too often experienced, the boss cornering us in the conference room and spewing those dreaded words “How long is that going to take?”.  You tried to show no fear as those drops of sweat began to bead and run down your face.  You bobbed and weaved with many sentences beginning with “it depends”, but the boss was too much for you – “C’mon, it’s just an estimate – I’m not going to hold you to it”, she said.  And then it happened – the inevitable took place – you gave a date – and then you wore that date on your lapel ever more! 

The government hasn’t abolished taxes (fat chance) and the Agile community hasn’t abolished estimates (not yet anyway), but at least if estimation is handled efficiently and effectively for the situation and culture of your organization you can get a return on your effort.

So …

• How can you estimate a user story? 

• How can you estimate a project? 

• What’s different about Agile estimating?

• Do you need to estimate at all? 

These are some of the things we will discuss during this meetup along with a “hands-on” workshop demonstrating a technique for estimating projects and larger efforts.

Note:  The workshop will need one laptop for every 7 people in order to utilize a spreadsheet during the exercise, so if you can bring a laptop with you to the meetup it would be greatly appreciated.

Our speaker for this session will be Phil Zofrea who is an Agile Coach at Kforce.  Phil is a CSM and PMI-ACP and has been involved with iterative development since 1997 and Agile since its inception.  He has been a heavily involved member of teams that have implemented Scrum and other methodologies at the New York Times, Tech Data and now Kforce along with currently advising Kforce clients.  Phil is a returning speaker who previously presented the Kano and CAGE Model to the group.

Food and beverage for this meetup are made possible from our generous sponsor, Kforce.  We take RSVPs very seriously!  RSVP counts are used to determine how much food and drink to supply at each meetup. The point is, if you RSVP to a meetup, please show up.