Agile + DevOps West 2020 Concurrent Session : When Will it be Done?


Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

When Will it be Done?

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Estimation has been around in the agile world since it was first introduced as part of XP, as a means to estimate the amount of time a story will take, and shortly thereafter adopted for Scrum. The conversations that can take place are valuable, don’t get me wrong, but there are much better ways of working. Whether you practice XP, Scrum, or Kanban, there’s really no reason to estimate any longer. At the end of the day, developing software isn’t the same as building a house, you don’t know exactly how long it will take, and in many cases, you don’t know how many components you’ll need to build. By leveraging your teams past performance, based on data that’s already captured in tools like JIRA, Trello, or even pen and paper, you can more accurately project future outcomes and save everyone time. Join Sean as he walks you through his experience in the “No Estimates” club, and develop a better understanding of lean metrics and how to get started with them so you can go back to your team(s) and throw their estimates in the trash.

Sean Miller
Capital One

Sean Miller is a true technologist at heart and Agile evangelist in the financial services industry. He has worn many different hats, with roles ranging from technology operations to software development. From humble beginnings as a desktop support engineer, he quickly transitioned to a business systems analyst, then software engineer, and finally an Agile Delivery Lead and Agile Program Lead. This experience sets him up for success on both sides of the fence, so he understands the pain engineers face as well as the value stakeholders gain. He has coached many product managers and software engineers through their journey to adopt more flow-based development strategies, worked to redefine the Scrum Master role within Capital One, and has recently started writing articles in conjunction with Capital One’s tech blog to share and showcase his work.