Agile + DevOps East 2018 Concurrent Session : To Estimate or Not to Estimate: A Panel Discussion

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

To Estimate or Not to Estimate: A Panel Discussion

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When will you deliver that feature? How much will this project cost? Which features can I have in four weeks? These are all reasonable questions that both management and customers need answered, and traditionally, we’ve used estimates to provide such answers. But estimates can turn into commitments, dollars get spent based on misinformation, features end up misaligned with business needs, and all parties involved end up feeling misled and frustrated. The key question is, can we still make decisions without traditional estimates? Join us as our panel of experts discuss this question and many more. The panel will explore how teams can use #NoEstimates thinking to meet the needs of their stakeholders, how to maintain alignment without estimates, and pragmatic ways to move the focus from estimates to metrics and measures that enable teams to deliver high-quality products that will delight their customers. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of what estimates are, when to use them, and how to avoid misuse. We’ll also discuss how to stay aligned without date-driven commitments and pragmatic ways to implement #NoEstimates thinking in your organizations.


Ryan Riplley
Independent Consultant

A professional Scrum trainer with, Ryan Ripley has experience as a software developer, manager, director, and ScrumMaster at various Fortune 500 companies in the medical device, wholesale, and financial services industries. Ryan is committed to helping teams break the cycle of “bad Scrum” so they can deliver valuable software that delights their customers. The host of "Agile for Humans," the top agile podcast on iTunes, Ryan lives in Indiana with his wife, Kristin, and three children. He blogs at and is on Twitter @ryanripley. Ryan loves talking about all things agile and promises not to speak in the third person if you come up and ask him a question.