You might have noticed that the world is suffering a pandemic at the moment, and it might have disrupted your software development plans. At least you’ve got a good excuse, though I’ve heard rumors of managers being sacked for not foreseeing the pandemic and including it in their schedules. I’ve not heard that sacking the managers has either made the pandemic go away, or rescued a software development schedule. I’ll leave that first problem to the epidemiologists and virologists, but when circumstances make a laughingstock of your schedule, what can you do? I can’t tell you how to do the impossible, but I can help you make the best of the situation. To do that, we’ll use that much maligned and oft misused tool, estimation. Come with me and we’ll explore ways to use your estimates to guide your response to unforeseen disruptions–meeting near term needs to the extent possible, and future proofing your longer term plans.
George Dinwiddie helps organizations develop software more effectively. He brings thirty years of development experience from electronic hardware and embedded firmware to business information technology. He helps organizations, managers, and teams solve the problems they face by providing consulting, coaching, mentoring and training at the organizational, process, team, interpersonal, and technical levels. Involved in the Agile community since 2000, he has helped groups ranging from 8 developers to a Fortune 100 company and a half-billion dollar federal program. He is a frequent presenter at conferences such as the Agile conference, Agile Development Practices, and numerous regional and focused conferences, and has been published in print and on-line magazines.
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