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Chris Sims

Agile Learning Labs

A Certified Scrum Trainer, agile coach, and recovering C++ developer, Chris Sims helps software development teams improve their productivity and happiness. Chris is the founder of Agile Learning Labs and the Bay Area Agile Managers Support Group. Coauthor of the best-selling books The Elements of Scrum and Scrum: A Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction, Chris has published more than fifty articles on agile topics at InfoQ with other writings on the Agile Learning Labs blog. Before starting Agile Learning Labs, Chris made a living in roles including scrum master, product owner, engineering manager, project manager, software engineer, musician, and auto mechanic.

Speaker Presentations
Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 12:45pm
Agile Techniques
Estimating Business Value

One of the most exciting aspects of agile development is the emphasis on creating and delivering business value. But someone has to figure out what that value is—and that someone might be you. What is business value? It turns out that it is a complex concept that includes not only revenue but also risk mitigation, knowledge acquisition, alignment with long-term strategy, and more. It’s multidimensional! Chris Sims provides a hands-on experience using surprisingly simple techniques to create meaningful business value estimates. With these techniques, you’ll create a single numeric estimate of each story’s value. But you won’t create these numbers alone; you’ll do it in collaboration with your stakeholders using The Business Value Game to help facilitate the conversation. The result is a value estimate—and a much more engaged stakeholder community. This is an interactive workshop without a slide deck. Show up, dive in, and learn by doing.