Workshop Schedule/Fee

This is a one day workshop.

Individual Fee*: $525 p/p

Date: Sept 29

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: Vancouver

Venue: BCIT Downtown Campus

Instructor: Anna Arnesen/Otis Dubai

*Special discount for organizations that register 3 or more participants. *Special discount for Gov. employees.

Terms & Conditions

Phone: 1-855-895-0911



About the Instructors

Anna Arnesen is a Certified ScrumMaster with over 10 years of experience in the software engineering industry. She has helped various companies establish Agile, QA and software engineering practices. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. Anna has worked for organizations such as Intra West, Hyper Wallet, Telus and Credential Financial. Otis C Dubai is a Certified ScrumMaster, Agile Project Manager and Agile Coach with over 14 years of experience leading project teams to Agile processes. He is the architect behind PlaXhunter, a search and indexing engine, focused of detecting plagiarism. He worked with companies such as Pinnacle Sports, BC Securities Commission, Pearson School Systems, BC Housing, Industrial Alliance, BC Lottery Corporation, Translink and UBC.

Agile Project Planning and Estimating

Workshop Overview

Agile methodologies such as Extreme Programming and Scrum are gradually being accepted by more and more software development teams and organizations around the world. The drive towards agility is based on the promise of being able to deliver high quality software in a fast, flexible and incremental fashion. In order for any Agile project to succeed a tremendous amount of planning and estimating takes place throughout the development life cycle. The Team plays a central role during these planning activities but the ScrumMaster and the Product Owner are instrumental in this process. A company's ability to attract knowledgeable product owners and scrumMasters is the key to developing a successful Agile team. These individuals must be fully dedicated to the team and must be equipped with solid understanding of Agile principles, knowledge and understanding of business requirements, project management and software development.

Learning Objectives

What is agile planning? Why are there so many planning sessions? What are story points and how are they different from estimating in ideal days? All these questions will be answered in this highly collaborative session. This workshop will take participants through all the planning and estimating ceremonies in Scrum, highlight the roles and responsibilities of product owners and scrumMasters , and will demonstrate how Agile teams work together to deliver high quality software products.

Who Should Participate

Product owners, business/systems analysts, testers, project managers, developers. Basic knowledge of user stories is required.

Workshop Format

The format will consist of lectures to present requirements collection concepts, followed by discussions, role-play and hands-on, real-world case studies that will allow participants to implement the concepts they were just introduced to. At the end of the workshop the participants will have the knowledge to successfully apply the techniques they have learnt in their organization.

What Participants Will Receive

  • - Copy of Presentation Slides - Product Backlog Template - Release Planning Template - Sprint Backlog & Task Board Template - Personalized Certificate of Completion

Discussion Topics

Some of the topics that will be presented include:
  • Some of the topics that will be presented include: - Product owners responsibilities - ScrumMasters responsibilities - Writing user stories - Creating a product backlog - Prioritizing a product backlog - Creating themes - Release planning - Planning buffers - Sprint planning - Task planning - Estimating through story points - Daily scrum - Progress tracking and monitoring ( Burndown charts)