Agile Estimating and Forecasting (AEF) Course

Agile Estimating & Forecasting Course Overview

During the Agile Estimating & Forecasting (AEF) training course, you will develop a solid understanding of Agile estimating practices and techniques such as story points, burn-down, burn-up charts, and other tools that help improve estimating and forecasting when undertaking product delivery. 

The interesting estimating and forecasting course is a combination of lectures, interactive exercises, assignments, discussions, and engaging real-world case studies as well as being supported by a leading book on the subject. Your Edinburgh Agile estimating/forecasting training instructor is a leading Agilist who has extensive hands-on experience in practicing Agile techniques as well as training Agile practices.

The AEF course provides an introduction to tools and techniques for achieving accurate estimates of Agile work, as well as introducing content from Allan Kelly’s Xanpan – Team centric Agile software development, a cross between XP and Kanban. The learning is completed by reviewing and learning from best practices related to estimating/forecasting (drawn from the real-world).

This AEF course also focuses on how to look at popular working practices that build on estimating and forecasting, including charts, and cumulative flow diagrams. 

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Agile Estimating & Forecasting Overview

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Trainees on the Agile estimating & forecasting course are challenged to improve their ability to undertake estimation more accurately than traditional methods, and also better understand what to do when they return to their workplaces. 


The overall aim of the Agile Estimating & Forecasting (AEF) course is to increase the ability to estimate and forecasting in an Agile delivery environment. The objectives are as follows:

  1. Learn how to make estimates and forecasts using story points on Agile teams;
  2. Develop an understanding of how to improve forecasts, avoid common mistakes, and plan for unplanned work;
  3. Learn how to track, read and update progress using burn-down, burn-up, and simple cumulative-flow diagram (CFD);
  4. Understand the 3 planning horizons & the different forecasting approaches to each.

Agile Estimating & Forecasting Certification

All participants completing the Agile Estimating & Forecasting course will receive a password to attempt the AEF certification assessment. The first, second, and third AEF assessment attempts are FREE as it includes them in the course’s cost. If trainees take the first AEF assessment within 21 days of the end of the class and do not achieve the 80% certification score, they get 2 free re-attempts. Further USM assessment attempts would cost £30.

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Attendees who attend the Agile Estimating & Forecasting (AEF) course and go on to pass the AEF certification assessment will receive:

Agile Estimating & Forecasting (AEF) certificate;


Agile Estimating & Forecasting Course Audience

The AEF course is especially suitable for people who are, or want to become a Product Owner, and/or want to work effectively on a Scrum or Agile team. Typical attendees include:

  • People who are new to, or have just about to become, Product Owner, Delivery Managers and Project Managers who need to plan future work;
  • People have been on a team that carries out or closely involved in software or product development endeavors;
  • Software engineers, programmers, and testers – who are part of an Agile team and take part in the estimation and forecasting processes;
  • Scrum Masters who wish to enhance their understanding of estimation and forecasting.

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Agile Estimating & Forecasting FAQs

What is an Agile Estimating & Forecasting (AEF) course?

The Agile Estimating & Forecasting course (AEF course) is a training course that develops your understanding of the principles and theory of Agile estimating and forecasting. The AEF course is a combination of instruction and team-based exercises and trains core awareness of the ability to estimate and forecasting in an Agile delivery environment.

How do I get an Agile Estimating & Forecasting (AEF) certificate?

In order to get an AEF certification, you need to attend the Agile Estimating and Forecasting course and pass the AEF assessment. The Agile Estimating and Forecasting (AEF) assessment is available to anyone who wishes to develop a better understanding of estimation and associated techniques.

Is the AEF exam difficult?

The AEF certification exam is challenging. It is an intermediate level exam, and it requires an awareness of Agile estimation and associated concepts, practices, and techniques. Awareness of content from the course and associated book is required.

Do you run private Agile Estimating & Forecasting courses for organizations?

Absolutely. We have many organisations that send entire teams on Agile Estimating and Forecasting that get benefited out of the training.

Do I need to renew my AEF certification?

No, the Agile Estimating and Forecasting certificate confirms you completed the learning and development associated with attending the course, reading the book, and completing the assessment. Therefore, this does not require renewal.

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