Agile IT Special Interest Group Meeting 

Estimating Agile Projects and Resourcing Agile Teams 
April 25, 2018 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM 
Discuss the best approaches in estimating and resourcing Agile projects in a highly complex technical environment. 

The next meeting of the Agile Special Interest Group will examine 2 closely related topics – estimating agile projects and resourcing projects. As Agile gets more widely adopted across organizations, there are now opportunities to drive more efficiencies and find ways to optimize teams to deliver better value. Estimation still remains as one of the most difficult aspects that impacts the entire team and is very closely tied to how best to resource these Agile teams.

There are numerous, widely adopted approaches to estimation, and very recently the no-estimation movement has been getting increased traction within Agile communities. No-estimate movement has primarily focused on alternatives to estimation for agile team capacity planning and short-term forecasting. It has helped empower teams and removed the burdens and bottle-necks resulting from poor estimations. These approaches may also offer insights into how best resource and allocate teams and manage them in a more democratic and yet with greater team accountability.

The upcoming meeting of the Agile SIG will address these two pivotal topics and provide an exceptional opportunity for Agile team leads, coaches and senior practitioners to discuss how best deploy Agile within their own technology environments. Please join your peers from other world-class companies in Wisconsin to learn, share and network within a great Agile community.

Agenda Items:
9:00 AM Welcome and Overview
  Cavinda Caldera, IT Practice Director, UWEBC
9:15 AM Estimating and Resourcing Agile Teams at Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company
  Kristina Reich, Engineer Manager, Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM Estimation and Resource Planning on Strategic Analytical Roadmaps
  Andy Fox, Engagement Manager, Opex Analytics. Ronan O'Donovan, Partner, Opex Analytics
11:30 AM Breakout Group Discussion I
12:10 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Breakout Group Discussion II
1:40 PM Panel Discussion
2:45 PM Debrief and Plan Future SIG Meetings
3:00 PM Adjourn
Gordon Dining and Event Center, Second Floor 
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