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Monday, November 11, 2013 - 8:30am - 12:00pm
Half-day Tutorials

Dealing with Estimation, Uncertainty, Risk, and Commitment

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. With studies of software development estimations and uncertainties, Todd discusses how software practitioners can learn from a better understanding of uncertainty and its dynamics. In addition, he introduces techniques and approaches to estimation and risk management including using real options and one of its key elements—understanding commitment. Take away a better understanding of the challenges of estimation and what software practitioners can do to better manage estimation, risks, and their commitments.

Todd Little, Landmark Graphics Corporation

Todd Little is a senior development manager for Landmark Graphics. Todd has been involved in most aspects of software development with a focus on commercial software applications for oil and gas exploration and production. He is a coauthor of the Declaration of Interdependence and a founding member and past president of the Agile Leadership Network.

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