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Upfront Project Estimation in Agile

The topic:

The upfront project estimation and planning in Agile is not easy due to the lack of historical data.

Agile's flexibility, the ability to react to change and skipping the deep upfront analysis makes most Agile teams struggle with budgetary decisions and forecasting. 

With a simple technique built around Mitch Lacey's Big Wall, a high level backlog of requirements can be estimated in the course of a single day.

We present this technique extended and applied by us in some of our projects.

The presenter:

Gyorgy Tokovicz, Senior Consultant at Sprint Consulting

Evening pizza: 

Sponsorship opportunity still open! :-)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for sharing this useful technique. Could you please upload the slides?

    April 11, 2014

  • László S.

    Quick, compact, useful. Good.

    April 11, 2014

  • Balazs S.

    well done :) thanks for today's meetup. Short, value driven with real life examples.

    April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This isn't really a question about the upcoming Meetup; sorry. It's a very naive question. I want to learn how to use Agile methodologies in my work. Where do I start? Any online courses I can take? Can anybody recommend a good resource to get conversant on this topic? Background and context to this question follows... I'm a physicist programmer working at a physics institute in Budapest on one of the big experiments at CERN. I do some analysis, but mostly write software. Agile, Scrum and other software development processes (SDP) may be well established in the software industry, but they're unheard of in the field of research I work in. We are over 400 team members of various nationalities and languages, located in 60 institutes spread worldwide, and many of our number are PhD students who disappear after 1-2 years without writing a scrap of documentation for the code they wrote. I think we need an SDP. My institute could pave the way for others in the team to follow.

    April 5, 2014

    • Kristof S.

      Working for CERN can bring up interesting questions in SDP as well, I believe.

      I assume each of those developers/workers might become an expert in his field, with knowledge possibly understood only by him.

      How is knowledge transfered to newcommers ? So for example if a "simple" developer with no background in such high level phisics and methematics needs to be working with string theory level stuff ... how long does it usually takes for him/her to reach that level ?

      1 · April 10, 2014

    • Andrea T.

      Well, once I worked in a project in a big diary industry-farm.. at the end I learned milking cows too. :D

      Anyhow the abilities of the developer are different from the project in which s/he is involved.
      In a Physic department some challenges as system integration, configuration, framework knowledge, modern API for GUI I can think are not important capability (and I suppose this is where seniority counts!)

      In such environment it is much more important to develop the logic of algorithms, may be once at all understanding how to use GPU for calculations so I would suggest not to search for Developers but for Mathematicians or Physicist.

      1 · April 10, 2014

  • Rakonczai Z.

    Videófelvétel lesz esetleg?

    April 8, 2014

  • Becker F.

    Is it possible to change the location because of the long waitlist?

    April 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Could you please share the topics of the event?

    April 3, 2014

  • Ákos S.


    March 18, 2014

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