Fast, #NoWaste Agile Estimating

May 9, 2018 · Foster City, United States of America


Join us as Ron Lichty discusses and leads us through an agile projects hands-on workshop on: Sizing and Scheduling to create better Predictability.

“If only Agile had a way to predict when things would be done…” a client said to Ron last summer. It wasn’t the first time.

But the thing is, Ron says… Agile does have a way to predict when things will be done. Even better... It’s easy. And while his experience of the variance for results has been plus-or-minus 20%, he says that’s better (possibly an order of magnitude better!) than anything else his teams have ever used.

He claims he even had a product owner say, “I didn’t know estimating could be FUN!”

Relative sizing (true relative sizing) plus velocity (the averaged true experience of a stable team’s accomplished work per sprint) lets anyone march down the backlog and predict: “we’ll be about here on September 15th”, and ask, “do we have the right stuff above the line?” It’s not magic. (But it works like magic!)

Here is an article by Ron on Agile and Estimating:

Some agilists tell us that estimating does not provide value. Unfortunately, execs keep asking us for estimates! Once everyone understands and starts doing, remarkable results can be achieved.

During this workshop, we’ll use a simulation to actually practice estimating that works.

By attending this session, you will -
• understand why absolute estimating is futile
• effectively execute relative sizing
• understand the prerequisites for effective estimating
• avoid the pitfalls agile teams too often fall into that undercut effective estimating
• combine relative sizing and measures of velocity to predict what will be completed when


5:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Registration and Networking
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM - Presentation
6:45 PM - 7:00 PM - Networking break
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM - 3 Lightning Talk(s)
7:15 PM - 8:00 PM - Presentation continues
8:00 PM - 8:15 PM - Takeaways and Retrospective
8:15 PM - Adjourn

PDU Info:

Category "B", 2 PDUs for PMPs and PMI-ACPs (Strategic & Business)
2 SEUs for CSPs

Parking Information:

Enter on Metro Center drive, look for the signs for Visa M4 visitor parking, use the phone at the security gate to request access.


This event includes FREE food and beverages!

About the speaker:
Ron Lichty, Consults as an Interim VP Engineering:

Ron Lichty consults with software and product teams and organizations to make software development “hum”. Ron’s book, Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams (, published by Addison Wesley, has been compared by many readers to programming classics The Mythical Man-Month and Peopleware. His Live Lessons: Managing Software People and Teams video training for managers is available via O’Reilly’s Safari Bookshelf. Ron also co-authors the periodic Study of Product Team Performance (

Principal and owner of Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc. (, he has trained teams in Scrum, transitioned teams from waterfall to agile, coached teams already using agile to make their software development "hum", and trained managers in managing software people and teams. He takes on interim VP Engineering roles and to other clients provides VPE-level guidance and advice to untangle the knots in software development and transform chaos to clarity.

He has led teams and organizations at companies like Apple Computer, Fujitsu, Charles Schwab, Avenue A / Razorfish, Forensic Logic, Stanford, Check Point, and dozens of startups of all sizes. He co-chairs the Silicon Valley Engineering Leadership Community.


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  • Silicon Valley Agile Trends and Leadership

    The objective of this meetup is to bring together industry professionals, Project / Program / Product Management practitioners, Agile enthusiasts and thought leaders to connect, share best practices and learn about latest Agile and Senior Leadership trends and philosophies in an experiential format. The meetup provides a forum to network with fellow professionals, learn about industry trends, share best practices, discover training opportunities and at the same time earn PDUs for PMPs and PMI-ACPs and SEUs

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