Agile Estimating & Forecasting (AEF) – Half Day Online Course – 26th January 2021


For many team leaders; estimating and forecasting work to be done is essential. However, being essential does not make it easy… reputations can be ruined by an inaccurate estimate. Edinburgh Agile looks to enhance awareness and abilities in Agile estimation and forecasting with a comprehensive training course.

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“How do we use a cumulative-flow diagram? What are story points? Do I estimate and forecast Epics and Stories in the same way?”

Agile development has introduced practices and techniques such as story points, burn-down charts and other tools to help improve estimation and forecasting. For some teams these have proved very effective but when used without understanding they are unlikely to prove any more accurate than traditional methods.

Based on Allan Kelly’s Xanpan – Team centric Agile software development book (of which an eBook and audio version are included in the price of the course), our live virtual Agile Estimating & Forecasting course seeks to answer the questions above and more! This agile estimation course is for Delivery Leads, Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Agile Team members who want to improve how they undertake agile estimation and forecasting. By the end of the Agile Estimating & Forecasting (AEF) course you will have a much understanding how to make estimates and forecasts using on Agile teams.

This live online estimating and forecasting training course is based on reference to real situations from real work. Slides are kept to a minimum, and discussion and questions are encouraged throughout.

Being online, the Agile Estimating & Forecasting (AEF) course is suitable for trainees across the globe…  the half day course on Tuesday 26th January 2021 and starts at 1:30 pm UK GMT (2:30 pm CET) and finishes at 5:00pm UK CMT (6:00 pm CET). This makes the course perfect for people across the world including North and South Americas, Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe.

What you will receive:

  1. Half a day of high-quality interactive instruction from leading Agile trainer and author, Allan Kelly;
  2. Official course materials;
  3. A free eBook version (multiple e formats including Kindle and PDF) of the book; Xanpan – Team centric Agile software development;
  4. A free Audio version of the book; Xanpan – Team centric Agile software development;
  5. Three attempts at the AEF assessment. Following the course, a password will be provided to the trainee to attempt the AEF assessment (included in the cost of the course) and, if the trainee takes the aforementioned AEF assessment within 21 days of the class end, and does not achieve the 85% certification score, they will also get 2 additional free re-attempts;
  6. Agile Estimating & Forecasting (AEF) certificate (upon completion of the course and passing the official Agile Estimating & Forecasting assessment) and digital badge.

Who should attend the Agile Estimating & Forecasting course?

This Agile Estimating & Forecasting training course is designed for professionals in organizations that have adopted, or are attempting to adapt Agile ways of working to deliver product. This includes:

  • Product Owners, Delivery Managers and Project Managers who need to plan future work;
  • Software engineers, programmers and testers – who are part of an Agile team and participate in the estimation and forecasting processes;
  • Scrum Masters who wish to enhance their understanding of estimation and forecasting.

Your Remote Trainer

This course is facilitated by Allan Kelly BSc, MBA, author of “Art of Agile Product Ownership”, “Little Book of Requirements and User Stories”, “Continuous Digital” and “Business Patterns for Software Developers”.

His clients have a habit of calling him “Agile Allan”… but he tends to think of himself as an Agile Guide, helping others find better ways! Indeed, Allan guides individuals and teams towards better ways of working, ways which go by the name of Agile.

Allan Kelly - Agile Coach and Trainer

Course Details

This Agile Estimating & Forecasting (AEF) course takes place online over one half-day using state-of-the-art technology:

  • Tuesday 26th January – 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm UK GMT (2:30 pm to 6:00 pm CET)

Being online and interactive, this estimation and forecasting course is specifically designed to cater for trainees across the globe, and particularly across the Americas, United Kingdom, and Europe. Indeed, the timing of this course supports trainees attending from, for example; from Buenos Aires, New York, Toronto, Edinburgh, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin.

The course includes regular breaks for comfort and effective learning.

Remote/Online Course Logistics

Upon sign-up of the training course, you will be sent a calendar invitation with Zoom video/audio conference details as well as information about the visual collaboration tool.

It is recommended you download the Zoom app onto your PC for best learning experience.

Agile Estimating & Forecasting (AEM) Objectives

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

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

The Book

Xanpan is… a cross between XP and Kanban… is an example of a roll-your-own method… is distilled from Allan Kelly’s own experiences running development teams and then helping multiple teams adopt Agile working methods and practices. Xanpan draws ideas from Kanban and Lean, XP and Scrum, product management and business analysis, and many other places.

Allan tells the Xanpan story through a series of boards which tell the story of different teams. In between he fills in the principles, practices and thinking which together constitutes Xanpan. Allan’s key points include: handling planned and unplanned work in fixed length iterations, the importance of keeping quality high with technical practices, planning beyond the iteration and why deadlines are more important than estimates.

More information about the book, which is available in Kindle, Audible and Paperback formats, click here.

Remember; this course includes ebook (Kindle and/or PDF) and Audio version formats.

Agile Estimating & Forecasting (AEF) Certification and Assessment Details

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 of Completion.

User Story Masterclass (USM) Certificate

Agile Estimating & Forecasting (AEF) Exam Details

Format: Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer and True/False
Time Limit: 45  Minutes
Number of Questions: 30
Passing Score: 85%
Difficulty: Intermediate

Assessment Cost

The first, second and third AEF assessment attempts are FREE as they are INCLUDED in the cost of the course.  If trainees take the first USM 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.

Agile Estimating & Forecasting (AEF) Course Prerequisites

Attendees make the most of the online course if they:

  • Have been on a team that carries out, or are closely involved in, software or product development endeavors.

Refunds/Cancellations Policy

For remote/online courses, your refund will be processed in the following scenario:

  1. Cancellation/Postponement By You – You may decide to cancel or postpone your course up to 72 hours before the first day of the remote/online course… no questions asked! You can either opt for alternative course date or ask for a full (100%) refund. The other course date is subject to our schedule and availability is not guaranteed. If we are unable to offer you your desired date, your money will be refunded.
  2. Cancellation/postponement By Edinburgh Agile – In the very unlikely event that we have to cancel your course, you will entitled to either an alternative course date or a full (100%). In such a scenario, all participants will be informed well in advance via email.
  3. Last Minute Cancellation or No-shows by You – No refund is offered if you do not contact us 72 hours (or more) in advance, or do not show up on the day, of the workshop. Informing one day before the class is also considered no-show and no refund is offered in such cases.
  4. Content/Trainer quality – For any of our remote/online training courses, you are offered the first 25% of the duration of the course to review and decide. If you feel that the trainer or training is unable to match up to your expectations regarding quality and delivery, directly notify the trainer by private message and then exit the session. You will be entitled to 100% of your money refuned.

Refund FAQs

Q. How soon will my refund be processed?
A. Your refund will be processed within 24 hours of your request, from the Edinburgh Agile side. Your bank may take 3-5 days.

Q. Do you contact me when I request a refund?
A. We may contact you to understand your feedback but never to persuade you against the refund.

Q. Can I buy future courses if I asked for a refund now?
A. Of course. There is no reason for not having you in our future courses! You are very welcome to join in any of our future courses!

Q. Will I keep getting the free content and support if I asked for a refund?
A. We won’t segregate or block you if you have asked for a refund. You will still be able to explore our free content, remain a member of our LinkedIn groups, and attend our webinars, offline free/paid events or workshops.