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Agile Indy - Scrum Series (Part 2 - Estimating and Planning)


Are you new to Scrum? Have you heard of Scrum and have a high level understanding, but would like to see it in action? This three part series will give you the chance to join a Scrum team and find out first hand how Scrum really works. In each part we will cover one aspect of Scrum and then put that knowledge into practice giving everyone hands on experience as part of a Scrum team.

In Part 1 of the series we built a product backlog. The next step in scrum is estimating and planning. In Part 2 of the series we will talk about this process and the role the ScrumMaster and Team play in this process. We will then once again break into teams and practice what we learned by estimating the backlogs we produced last month and then starting to plan our release/sprints.


5:30pm: Doors open - Registration, Networking, Food

6:00pm: Welcome and Intro (Matt Block/Aaron Kopel)

6:15pm: Agile Principle #6 (Philip Davis)

6:30pm: Scrum Overview (Aaron Kopel)

6:45pm: Estimating and Planning (Scotty Bevill)

7:15pm: Exercise: Estimate the Product Backlog, Plan your Release

7:45pm: Wrap-up, Raffle (Matt Block/Aaron Kopel)

8:00pm: Adjourn - Post meeting cocktails @ Champ's

About the Speaker:

Scotty has 18 years of experience in Supply , Information Technology & Project Management industries on a diverse set of projects within the active duty military, government, and commercial contracting. Today Scotty focuses on business strategy and process leaning, PMO deployment, and Agile Adoption risk mitigation.

In addition to workflow management and organization, Scotty's IT Management experiences include Program Strategy, Project Planning and Management, Process Analysis and Design, SDLC planning and IT Architecture. He has extensive tactical experience designing and executing upgrade and maintenance plans for large, high-availability, mission critical networks. Scotty is also a subject matter expert in network administration, application deployment strategy, and global architecture & implementation.

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  • Josh M.

    Very knowledgable and thought provoking presenter. The exercise was a good way to demonstrate the difficulty of new teams working together (especially when estimating stories) and allowed us to get to know each other a little bit better. Jimmy John rocks and I've got a few 30 year old college books if we need more raffle prizes -------unfortunately only in English!

    June 14, 2012

  • Daniel

    Great presentations.
    Would have been better if each break-out group was led/overseen by an Agile/Scrum expert. No one in my group really had an idea about how to play Planning Poker correctly.

    June 14, 2012

  • Tony P.

    Highest level of group engagement I've seen from one of these meetings. Well done

    June 14, 2012

  • Matt B.

    Thanks for a great presentation Scotty!

    June 14, 2012

  • Matt B.

    Ken, unfortunately we have yet to find a sponsor generous enough to spring for sushi...if you know of one I'd be more than happy to coordinate (even though I prefer my food be cooked).

    However, I was getting the vibe that pizza was getting old so thought we would mix things up a bit this month with Jimmy John's! We're open to suggestions for future meetings as well! If you can get your company to sponsor the food we will let you pick it.

    June 13, 2012

  • Ken R.

    Matt, who needs pizza? Knowledge is the food of the soul. However, if a good sushi is being served...

    June 13, 2012

  • Carrie D.

    I hope I can make it!!!!

    June 13, 2012

  • Matt B.

    I hear rumors that the food may be something other than pizza this time!

    June 13, 2012

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