Better Software West 2018 Tutorial: Advanced Backlog Refinement and Estimation Techniques

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Advanced Backlog Refinement and Estimation Techniques

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One of the greatest challenges organizations face when embracing Agile is how to streamline the process of analyzing, defining, and refining the product backlogs so they can be easily consumed by their teams. Join Lee Henson to take a deep dive into advanced techniques that allow you to refine the work and ultimately achieve more accurate complexity estimates—for better project and release forecasting. Explore techniques including the creation of the Agile Press Release, which defines the who, what, where, when, why, and how behind the scope of an agile project or release in a simple one-minute definition. Delve into advanced story mapping and persona techniques to learn better strategies for identifying who your subject matter experts and target audiences really are. In other words, establish the why behind the what. Discover Backlog Item Triangulation as you create user stories that leverage business priority, consumer satisfaction, and relative complexity to create well-ordered backlogs. And finally, Lee reviews Relative Complexity Truth, exposing why time-based estimation has failed, and shares the best techniques to achieve more than 80 percent estimation accuracy!

V. Lee Henson
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V. Lee Henson is one of only 200 or so Certified Scrum Trainers worldwide. His client list includes more than forty of the Fortune 100 companies and many successful agile implementations. Lee’s unique blend of real-world experience in various roles—combined with his ability to drive home complex concepts—makes him an amazing coach. Lee has personally assisted in the organizational transformation of companies from start-ups to enterprise intercontinental. He has served as chairperson for the Scrum Alliance Certification Advisory Board and is the inventor of Rapid Release Planning. Lee is a SAFe Scaled Agile Program Consultant, Project Management Professional, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, and a Certified Lean Agile Professional.