Agile Planning and Estimation

With Earl Beede

From the Scrum team level to the project leadership level, learn the planning and estimation techniques required to make Agile projects successful.

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Learn state-of-the-art methods and practices for planning and estimating Agile projects at different levels of your organization. The real-world practices presented in this course are based upon evolved concepts and support both basic Scrum projects and Agile at scale—and they have been proven on the ground through extensive use by Construx’s clients. Effectively plan and estimate your projects in days instead of weeks, and confidently forecast project completions with accuracy.

With sections designed specifically for the Scrum team and for the leadership team, the course’s multiple-audience approach leads to improved communication to and from the engineering and business sides of the company. Both teams gain insights by seeing the bigger picture, including the planning and estimation techniques used by each team.


If you’re on the Scrum team
After completing this course, you’ll be able to use various techniques to:

  • Refine the near-term backlog
  • Estimate sprint stories and make sure everybody sees the story the same way
  • Plan a sprint, including detailed design and coordination of action
  • Coordinate the day-to-day action for the team
  • Improve the team’s communication with the leadership team

If you’re on the project leadership team
After you complete this course, you’ll be able to use various techniques to:

  • Establish a vision for the project
  • Estimate the size of the entire backlog
  • Decide how much to budget for the project
  • Plan and track a release (release timing, plus what to share with customers)
  • Better understand the planning and estimation techniques used by the Scrum team

Who Is This Course For?

As you can see in the course’s outline below, this course features content specifically crafted for different audiences. The “All Agile: Scrum Team–Focused” sections are, obviously, designed for Scrum team members, including Dev, Test, QA, BA, Ops, and UI. This course helps Scrum team members answer the following questions: “What is in this sprint? What is your sprint plan? How do you coordinate among yourselves?”

The “Influenced by Agile: Leadership Team–Focused” sections are for project leaders, including Product Owners, Project Managers, Program Managers, Project Leads, and Engineering Managers. These leaders will learn to answer questions like these: “How big is this project? How long will it be, and how much will it cost? What can we tell customers that they can have and when?”

Scrum Masters are in a unique position because they work on the process, not the product. Everything in this course will help them answer the question, “How is planning and estimation done on Agile projects?”

Related Courses

To learn more about effective software estimation, see our Software Estimation course, by Steve McConnell, author of Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art. For detailed techniques for developing requirements on Agile projects, see Agile Requirements in Depth, also by Earl Beede.

Resources: Course workbook, ACTIVITY worksheets
Items: 41 lessons & 9 activities
Duration: 2h 10m

Earl Beede

Your instructor
Earl Beede
Construx Senior Fellow


Getting Started
All Agile: Scrum Team-Focused
Refine the Near-Term Backlog
Estimate Sprint Stories
Plan a Sprint
Coordinate a Day
Influenced by Agile: Leadership Team-Focused
Establish a Vision
Estimate the Entire Backlog
Plan a Release

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