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Wednesday, August 5 • 10:45 - 12:00
Agile Planning and Estimating Techniques in a Federal World (Brandon Raines, Edric Spruill)

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Abstract:
The government is seeing the merit of using agile practices to develop software. However, the fallacy that you can’t estimate projects using agile in the government still exist. The result is that many projects that want to use Agile begin in a very waterfall way developing the initial plan and are forced to stick to that plan throughout the project despite using sprints throughout the ‘development phase’. Many falsely believe they are stuck in the tradition of estimating everything in the beginning. During this presentation, through lecture and based upon real experiences, we will demonstrate techniques for developing a project plan and estimating techniques to satisfy the typical government compliance requirements using Agile practices and principles. Hear from a Government Division Manager who implemented these techniques within his Division. In essence, we will together learn how to build the bridge from the traditional government practices to a brave new world where we can plan, estimate and still inject agility.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the different levels of planning and how each level serves its purpose
  • Demonstrate estimating techniques at each level of planning
  • Demonstrate Agile planning and estimating techniques to answer typical government control gates and milestones without losing agility
  • Demonstrate techniques to track your estimates
  • What to track? What not to track?
  • Demonstrate techniques to track your budget against the value being incrementally delivered
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Speakers
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Brandon Raines

Shokunin
Over a career spanning 15+ years, Brandon has been a developer, tester, project manager, architect, certfied scrum master, certified scrum practitioner and agile coach. Mr. Raines has helped teams mainly in the federal government as an Certified Scrum Coach(CSC) in their transition to Agile ranging in size from 10 people to 150. In addition, Brandon has been instrumental in the acceptance, transition and training for enterprises. Mr. Raines was... Read More →
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Edric Spruill

Dr., US Government
Dr. Spruill has taught at several colleges and universities over the last several years to include Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Salem International University as well as other institutions. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is a retired United States Army First Sergeant and currently works full time for the Federal Government as a Division Manager. He is also a Speaker/Coach, real estate investor, and author. Dr. Spruill... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 10:45 - 12:00
Potomac C