Estimation and Story Points

 

Agile teams have a responsibility to help the business understand the financial costs of potential work. We do this, of course, by estimating how long a project will take, because in the vast majority of software projects the total cost is primarily a function of how much time it will take to complete the work. In this webinar, we explored various techniques that Agile teams — and especially distributed Agile teams — use to generate estimates that help everyone make responsible choices.


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Luke Hohmann is the founder and CEO of Conteneo Inc. (formerly the Innovation Games® Company). Conteneo’s enterprise software platforms and professional services merge collaboration frameworks, data analytics, and domain expertise to help organizations optimize decision making in the areas of strategy, innovation, sales, product development, and market research. Luke is also cofounder of Every Voice Engaged Foundation (EVEF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit that that helps citizens, governments, and other nonprofit organizations collaborate at scale to solve technical and wicked problems. EVEF has been a leader in the Participatory Budgeting movement, helping citizens prioritize hundreds of millions of dollars through budget games. EVEF has also partnered with the Kettering Foundation to create Common Ground for Action, the first platform for scalable deliberative decision making. Supported by both Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance, Luke is thankful for the thousands of colleagues from the Agile community who have donated their time to EVEF.

Bernie’s career started with a flash and a bang — literally. His first position was designing devices that protect telephone networks from lightning strikes. A few career pivots later, he had a flash of insight; it was possible to tap into latent potential in every person, every team, and every organization. Across his 25 years of engineering and leadership experience, Bernie has worked with firms including Bell Telephone Laboratories, HP, TiVo, Cisco, and many more. In addition to his client work, he teaches Agile Product Development at Stanford Continuing Studies. Leading through influence rather than authority, Bernie believes that Accelerating Genius is possible in any leader, team, or business and can lead to success at work while still having fun.

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