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SDD 2017 Schedule

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Wednesday 17 May 2017



Track 7

Frobisher 6

Lies, damned lies and estimates

Coding Level 1
Advanced Level 3

Are estimates an essential part of project planning and delivery or a waste of everybody’s time? As is so often the case the answer is neither and both. In this session we discover that there is more than one kind of estimate and examine how they are typically used in an agile context.

We look at what some of the great minds have said on the subject, from Steve McConnell to Demarco and Lister. We’ll also consider the need for estimates from the viewpoint of the business people who have to decide whether a project proposal should receive budget. Picking up the ‘No Estimates’ discussion from Twitter, we’ll see if there’s a case to be made for always refusing to provide estimates or whether there are times that some sorts of estimation is valuable.

I may not change your mind, but I intend to widen your perspective.

Seb Rose

Seb Rose


Seb has been a software consultant, coach, designer, analyst and developer for over 30 years. He has been involved in the full development lifecycle, with experience that ranges from architecture to support, from BASIC to Ruby. He’s a partner in Cucumber Ltd, who help teams adopt and refine their Agile practices, with a particular focus on collaboration and automated testing. He's a regular speaker at conferences and occasional contributor to software journals, and a contributing author to '97 Things Every Programmer Should Know' (O’Reilly) and lead author of 'The Cucumber for Java Book' (Pragmatic Programmers). http://cucumber.io  @sebrose

Other presentations by Seb Rose

Thu 18 May 2017 at 9:30

Track 3

Recycling TDD

Fri 19 May 2017 at 9:30

Post-Conference Workshop

Testable architecture

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