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Measurement and Estimating


MD Dealing with Estimation, Uncertainty, Risk, and Commitment
Todd Little, Landmark Graphics Corporation
Mon, 06/03/2013 - 8:30am

Software projects are known to have challenges with estimation, uncertainty, risk, and commitment—and the most valuable projects often carry the most risk. Other industries also encounter risk and generate value by understanding and managing that risk effectively. Todd Little explores techniques used in a number of risky businesses—product development, oil and gas exploration, investment banking, medicine, weather forecasting, and gambling—and shares what those industries have done to manage uncertainty.

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TJ Software Metrics: Taking the Guesswork Out of Software Projects
Ed Weller, Integrated Productivity Solutions, LLC
Tue, 06/04/2013 - 8:30am

Why bother with measurement and metrics? If you never use the data you collect, this is a valid question—and the answer is “Don’t bother, it’s a waste of time.” In that case, you’ll manage with opinions, personalities, and guesses—or even worse, misconceptions and misunderstandings. Based on his more than forty years of software and systems development experience, Ed Weller describes reasons for measurement, key measures in both traditional and agile environments, decisions enabled by measurement, and lessons learned from successful—and not so successful—measurement programs.

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TQ SOLD OUT! Agile Estimation and Planning: Scrum, Kanban, and Beyond
David Hussman, DevJam
Tue, 06/04/2013 - 1:00pm

If you are new to agile methods—or trying to improve your estimation and planning skills—this session is for you. David Hussman brings years of experience coaching teams on how to employ XP, lean, Scrum, and kanban. He advises teams to obtain the estimating skills they need from these approaches rather than following a prescribed process. From start to finish, David focuses on learning from estimates as you learn to estimate.

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