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Tuesday, August 7 • 15:45 - 17:00
Epic Budgeting - or how agile teams meet deadlines (Dave Sharrock) POPULAR

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Epic budgeting is all about meeting deadlines. Working with agile teams that pull work while meeting stakeholder expectations around what gets done by what date. The challenge is that teams don't always pull as much as we want them too. So how do you hit a deadline without forcing work onto the team?
According to this year's State of Agile survey, the most common success measure for agile initiatives, at 53%, is on-time delivery. But if agile teams can choose how much work they take into a sprint, how can teams be sure of delivering pre-committed scope on time and on budget? There is clearly more to agile delivery than product owners ordering a backlog of work for teams to work on.
Epic Budgeting allows the product owner to steer a product across the line, delivering the expected scope on time by managing scope creep or an unsustainable focus on the perfect over the pragmatic. During this session learn how product owners and their teams work towards a fixed date or budget by applying double loop learning to epic sizing and breakdown. Expect some tales from real companies and a few light hearted moments. And I'm at least 53% certain we will finish on time!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn how to confidently create a long-term product delivery roadmap, including an estimate of delivery date
  • Discover the importance of proactively managing the breakdown and estimation of stories
  • See how to use the breakdown of epics into stories as a means to manage scope creep and steer a product to a given deadline
  • Learn how to meet deadlines with an agile team that is uncertain about what they can deliver


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Dave Sharrock

Agile Coach, agile42
Dad, internet veteran, husband, entrepreneur, occasional seismologist. British and almost Canadian. Agile coach and change agent. Only Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Agile Leader (CAL) in Canada.

Tuesday August 7, 2018 15:45 - 17:00 PDT
Marriott Salon 6