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ATL ALT.NET: Agile Estimation & Planning by Mike Cohn @ Manuels Tav Jan 28 7PM

Hello ATL ALT.NET programmers,

Please join us at Manuel's Tavern on Wednesday, January 28th at 7PM for food, fellowship, & focus, this time on the book/topic Agile Estimation and Planning by Mike Cohn. A few of us have been reading the book. But, if you do not read the book, then please read over some of his presentations on http://www.MountainGo... before attending, and watch his video presentation. See the links below.

We can host 22 in the Eagle's Nest Room, but there is no door, so this is going to be more of an open conversation and less of a formal presentation.

IMPORTANT: This rooms requires you to pay by credit card
Manuel's does not charge us for the room, however they expect everyone to buy food and/or drink, so please help keep this room free by doing so.


7:00 PM - 8:15 PM: Dine, Drink, Socialize in the Eagle's Nest Room
8:15 PM - 9:30 PM: Focused discussion on Agile Estimation and Planning Book, by Mike Cohn

Topic: Agile Estimation and Planning by Mike Cohn

Required Background Reading
Ideally, complete Mike Cohn's book Agile Estimation and Planning:

But, if you cannot read the whole book, at least read these presentations from Mike:


Optional Materials

Agile Estimation XP Meeting Part 1 (60m): Agile Estimation XP Meeting Part 2 (30m): Mike Cohn interviewed at Scrum Gathering 2008 (11m):

Agile Development Teams: Scope & Scale with Mike Cohn (10m):

Software Process and Measurement Podcast Part 1 (SPaMCast) with Mike Cohn:

Software Process and Measurement Podcast Part 2 (SPaMCast) with Mike Cohn:

About the Book
This is the eBook version of the printed book. Detailed, Proven Techniques for Estimating and Planning Any Agile Project. Agile Estimating and Planning is the definitive, practical guide to estimating and planning agile projects. In this book, Agile Alliance cofounder Mike Cohn discusses the philosophy of agile estimating and planning and shows you exactly how to get the job done, with real-world examples and case studies. Concepts are clearly illustrated and readers are guided, step by step, toward how to answer the following questions: What will we build? How big will it be? When must it be done? How much can I really complete by then? You will first learn what makes a good plan-and then what makes it agile.Using the techniques in Agile Estimating and Planning, you can stay agile from start to finish, saving time, conserving resources, and accomplishing more. Highlights include:- Why conventional prescriptive planning fails and why agile planning works- How to estimate feature size using story points and ideal days-and when to use each- How and when to re-estimate- How to prioritize features using both financial and nonfinancial approaches- How to split large features into smaller, more manageable ones- How to plan iterations and predict your team's initial rate of progress- How to schedule projects that have unusually high uncertainty or schedule-related risk- How to estimate projects that will be worked on by multiple teamsAgile Estimating and Planning supports any agile, semiagile, or iterative process, including Scrum, XP, Feature-Driven Development, Crystal, Adaptive Software Development, DSDM, Unified Process, and many more. It will be an indispensable resource for every development manager, team leader, and team member. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

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  • Mark M.

    The meetup evening provided some very interesting conversation. The people attending the event seemed like a great group of developers who are serious about producing results for their clients/customers/companies. Topics ranged from the book under discussion, on through NHibernate,NUnit,EntityFrameworks, Mocking, etc.

    January 29, 2009

  • Kevin S.

    Great discussion. It was great to hear from people with lots of different viewpoints and experiences.

    January 29, 2009

  • Chris R.

    I thought we had a really great discussion among a lot of smart people.

    January 28, 2009

  • Josh G.

    I really enjoyed the discussion with everyone. So many good ideas and tips were shared. I learned a lot from the group. Thanks to all for participating!

    January 28, 2009

  • Josh G.

    I used some Cohnian tactics in another meetup recently. See photos of the December Atlanta Science Tavern meetup here:

    January 14, 2009

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