Agile Estimating and Sprint Planning - Creating Realistic Sprint Plans

Agile Estimating and Sprint Planning - Creating Realistic Sprint Plans


Basic project management training or equivalent experience

Introduction to Agile and Scrum

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An agile project requires a specific kind of planning. Planning that is flexible enough to handle the nature of the agile environment. Due to its fluid nature, it might look like it's non-existent to the untrained eye. This is probably what led to the old myth of "There’s no planning in agile".

Agile planning like other types of planning needs estimating and measuring tools and methods to stay alive. However in spite of the fact that a lot of the general estimating and measuring rules and tools which are used in ordinary (non-agile) projects can be applied to agile projects (with some modifications to its style), its implications can vary and its implementations are different.

There are five levels of Agile project planning with release, product and sprint planning being the key building blocks of an agile project.  Establishing realistic estimates and sprint plans is critical to ensure that value is delivered quickly and that the team velocity is consistent and meets customer expectations.

This course will provide you with a framework for conducting effective agile planning and estimating. These techniques will be usable for creating and estimating user stories and provide multiple estimation techniques for your agile team that are effective during the entire agile project.

An important tenet of Agile is frequent inspection and adaptation for continuous improvement.  This course will introduce the measurement tools to ensure your team has the tools to improve.

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Who Should Attend
  • Project managers
  • Scrum Masters
  • Product Owner
  • Scrum Team members
Performance Focus
  • Developing realistic sprint plans
  • Leveraging the most appropriate tools and techniques for establishing sprint plans
  • Using velocity, burndown charts and additional tools and techniques to effectively understand team performance
What You Will Learn

You’ll learn how to: 

  • Create viable and usable user stories as the basis for effective planning
  • Plan and track velocity
  • Implement useful adjustments for preliminary schedules
  • Establish realistic sprint plans
  • Explain the value of and interpret reports using burndown and velocity to manage performance
Course Overview

Getting Started

  • Introductions
  • Course structure
  • Course goals and objectives  
  • Agile and Scrum Foundation Concepts
  • Agile Fundamentals
  • Agile Manifesto
  • Introduction to Scrum
  • Scrum Team Roles and Responsibilities
  • Scrum Process Overview
  • Key drivers: Deliver Value Faster  
  • Agile Levels of Planning
  • The Five Levels of Agile Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Product Roadmap
  • Release Planning
  • Iteration planning
  • Daily Planning

User Story Development and Estimating Methods

  • User Personas
  • User Scenarios
  • User Story Development  Formats
  • Estimate Techniques
  • Analogy
  • Disaggregation/Splitting/WBS
  • Relative
  • Tee Shirt Sizing, Story Points and Ideal Hours
  • Planning Poker
  • Epics and Splitting User Stories 
  • Agile Initiation and Product Planning
  • Sprint Zero
  • Establish Sprint Team
  • Establish Agile Team Environment and Protocols
  • Release Planning Tasks
  • Estimate Velocity
  • Prioritize Product Backlog by Theme

Agile Sprint Planning

  • User Story Identification
  • Development Task Creation
  • Team Capacity Estimates
  • Velocity
  • Technical Debt 

 Agile Planning and Estimate Update during Sprint Execution

  • Formal Plan
  • Product increment
  • Formal Acceptance by Product Owner
  • Formal Acceptance by Team 

 Tracking the Agile Project using Burndown Chart

  • Daily Standup
  • Sprint review
  • Burndown Charts
  • Retrospective


  • What did we learn, and how can we implement this in our work environments?
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