Effort Estimation: how to estimate and get better every day
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Effort Estimation: how to estimate and get better every day

Learn effort estimation techniques, the power of documentation, main causes of deviations and how to improve
3.4 (20 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
4,155 students enrolled
Created by Anca Onuta
Last updated 10/2018
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 17 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to estimate in AGILE projects
  • Learn how to get make estimations
  • Learn the most used estimation techniques
  • PLANNING POKER
  • Learn WHAT and HOW can affect the estimations
  • Learn how to verify that your effort estimates are correct
  • Learn what is bases of the estimations principle and how can it improve your project estimates
  • Learn what are main causes of effort deviations and what you can do to avoid them
  • Learn to document your effort estimates
Requirements
  • PC, Internet
  • Basic project management knowledge
Description

When I started my career effort estimates were such a nightmare for me. They were really keeping me up at night and I was thinking what can I do to get it right. In the last decade since I've been working as a project manager, I tried a lot of effort estimation techniques. Some have been working for me, some didn't.

In this class I'm sharing with you the knowledge and experience that I learn in over 10 years:

  1. Methods of estimations which I use and that gave me the best results in over 100 projects that I managed
  2. My methods of crosschecking that the effort estimated in projects are covering the team effort and entire company is sustainable
  3. My secret principle that I use every day to estimate and to get better: bases of the estimation principle
  4. Analysis of the most common causes of effort deviations and how to apply the bases of the estimation principle in each situation
  5. How to can improve your effort estimations

In this class I bring 2 innovative principles:

1. Document your estimations - bases of the estimations principle

2. Keep the baseline you based your estimations on - because if the conditions don't change there is a high change your estimations will be right

Is this course for you?

  • Do you want to learn the most effective and proven estimation techniques?
  • Do you want to learn to verify if your effort estimations are correct?
  • Do you want to learn what's the bases of the estimation principle and how did I apply it successfully in over 100 projects?
  • Do you want to learn how the bases of the estimation principle can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars? 
  • Do you want to learn how to prevent deviations from the estimations?
  • Do you want to learn how the environment will affect your estimates and will ruin your project budget? And HOW TO AVOID THAT? 

YES! YES! YES! Let's do it! 

See you in the class.
Anca

Who this course is for:
  • Project team members
  • Project Managers
  • Business Owners
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Managers
Course content
Expand all 37 lectures 02:43:22
+ Q&A
5 lectures 15:26
How to estimate at the beginning of your career?
02:18
How to estimate when you are new to a product/project
03:23
How to train your rule of thumb and your got feeling effectively
02:39
Should I use an expert help for estimations?
03:10
What to do when it's impossible to estimate
03:56
+ Planning: Estimation Techniques + How to validate your effort estimations
2 lectures 14:07
Validation techniques to validate the effort estimations
06:48
Shortly describe what methods do you use to estimate the effort in projects or how exactly you do it.
How do you estimate the effort in your projects currently?
1 question
+ Story Points Estimations
2 lectures 19:29
How to estimate story points
10:08
How to map Story Points with Hours
09:21
+ Estimation Games
9 lectures 39:36
Estimation Sizes - recap
04:06
Planning Poker with Remote Teams
03:46
Bucket Estimation
07:34
How to handle "mistakes"?
02:12
Affinity Mapping explained
11:32
How to split stories into smaller sizes
01:51
Don't compare the story sizes between teams or projects
01:59
+ Execution - Real Life situations
11 lectures 49:34
Please describe with your own words, what are the challenges that you are facing on regards to effort estimation or deviation from the estimations.
What challenges are you facing regarding effort estimation
1 question
Unclear requirements
05:42
Change Request
04:26
Research
04:20
Testing
03:04
Limited Time
04:22
Limited team members or Overloaded team members
03:17
Limited Resources
03:54
External Factors
03:49
Stress Conditions
05:00
+ How to improve your estimations?
6 lectures 19:10
How to improve your estimations?
01:45
Effort not estimated
03:20
Under estimation
03:45
Push Back Change Requests
04:26
Keep Baseline
02:48
Domino Effect
03:06
+ Closing
1 lecture 02:26
Closing + wrap up
02:26