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Sydney .NET User Group: “Why you should stop estimating" - Gerard Beckerleg

“No Estimates - Stop lying to yourself and your customers, and stop estimating” – Gerard Beckerleg
After his hugely successful session last year Gerard Beckerleg is back to take on one of the most divisive topics in software: estimation.

Gerard Beckerleg will take a dive into the depths of this controversial topic and extract the most interesting ideas and raise some very difficult questions about the big white elephant in the room that is Software Estimation.​

After examining the pros and cons of estimation Gerard will lay the blueprint for a better way to help you and your clients get what they are really looking for.

About the presenter:
Scrum guru Gerard Beckerleg has been a Solution Architect at SSW in Sydney since 2011. Although he specialises in Web applications, Gerard has extensive experience in Microsoft.NET and loves working with C#, MVC, SQL Server, Umbraco, Kendo UI and SharePoint. He also lists Scrum and agile practices as a passion. Using these skills and frameworks, Gerard has brought to life a raft of successful projects, such as Toll, Sydney Airports, McDonalds, Event Cinemas, and National Australia Day Council.

An established and confident speaker and trainer, Gerard has delivered numerous courses including SharePoint 2010 and .NET MVC at the University of Technology in Sydney, and is also a regular speaker at the Sydney and Canberra .NET User Groups.

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  • SSW

    If you missed the presentation, you can now watch it online at

    March 28, 2014

  • Syed

    Unfortunately could not make it y'day. Can I have presentation materials, if available?

    February 20, 2014

    • SSW

      Hi Syed, sorry to hear you couldn't make it! Fortunately, the whole session was recorded so you can watch it any time, over at SSW TV:­

      1 · February 26, 2014

    • Michael Z.

      Good work SSW TV! Thanks for the sharing.

      February 26, 2014

  • Marlon M.

    Great talk Gerard. You put a lot of work and experience into that talk.

    February 20, 2014

  • Craig W.

    I never heard the term anti-pattern before but sure have experienced it with estimates. BTW if I ever have a son I will call him Gerard!!

    February 20, 2014

  • Michael Z.

    M.V.P first, good speech.

    February 20, 2014

  • Jaie P.

    Gerard's speech re-enforced all the reasons why an Agile Scrum methodology is awesome for both the customer and the developer. Thanks to all had a great time, and thanks for sharing this cool new tech:

    February 20, 2014

  • Gurmail S.

    Fantastic & very useful

    February 20, 2014

  • James L.

    Enjoyed the meetup. Sorry I did not have time to wait for Pizza.

    February 19, 2014

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