PMI Silicon Valley Chapter

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Agile Estimation & Contracts

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Agile Estimation & Contracts

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Agile Estimation & Contracts


When:  Saturday October 17   9:00am-5:00pm

Where:  Virtual Live Instruction

Last date for On-line Registration:

Early Bird - 10/04/2020

Regular - 10/11/2020


Early Bird:  PMISV member: $99     Non-PMISV member: $119

Regular:  PMISV member: $119   Non-PMISV member:  $139

Course Description:

Traditional estimation always seems to lead to cost and time overruns on complex projects. Agile practices, such as scrum, have greatly improved how the work gets done. But the contracts we use and how we initially scope the work haven’t kept pace.

Participants will learn how to bootstrap the agile estimation process so that initial plans and contracts can be created. We’ll explore a variety of contracts that better support agile work. Fear not! This won’t be hours of lecture and slides. The entire workshop will run using scrum. Participants will work together on projects, learning by doing.

The workshop is structured as an agile project, using scrum. The project will have two main deliverables. The first is identifying a better way to estimate work at the very beginning of a project. The second deliverable is finding contracts that support agile projects.

The workshop teaches The Team Estimation Game, created by Steve Bockman. Information about agile contracts is drawn from Contracts For Agile Software Development by Chris Sims, 10 Agile Contracts by Peter Stevens, and other online sources.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the advantages of relative story point estimates over time estimates
  • Describe the the nature of complex work and its implications for estimates and contracts
  • Use the Team Estimation Game to create story point estimates
  • Use story points and velocity to answer what will be done, and when it will be done
  • Describe the pros and cons of several different types of contracts
  • Recommend appropriate contract types for agile engagements

About the Instructor:

Chris Sims

chris sims

Chris Sims is a certified scrum trainer, agile coach, and recovering C++ developer who helps organizations improve their productivity and happiness. Chris is the founder of Agile Learning Labs and the co-author of two best-selling scrum books: The Elements of Scrum and Scrum: a Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction. More of his writing can be found on the Agile Learning Labs blog. Before starting Agile Learning Labs, Chris made a living in roles such as: scrum master, product owner, engineering manager, project manager, software engineer, musician, and auto mechanic.


Project Management Education Hours:

Earn 8 PDUs (Technical - 8)

Meeting Leader: Hanu Malineni

Program Agenda:

08:30 AM - Sign In and Networking

09:00 AM - Workshop Begins

12:00 PM - Lunch Break

12:30 PM - Workshop Resumes

5:00 PM – Adjourn

Questions: Contact or Hanu Malineni (

Cancellation Policy:

  •  This event is a professional society meeting, held for the benefit of its members.
  •  Cancellation before Early Bird Registration Date: Full refund
  •  Cancellation between Early Bird Registration Date and Regular Registration Date: $30 cancellation fee; remaining amount   refunded
  •  Cancellation after Regular Registration Date and Day before workshop (by 5:00 PM Pacific): 50% refund

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Event Properties

Event Date 10-17-2020
Event End Date 10-17-2020
Registration Start Date 08-19-2020
Cut off date 10-13-2020
Individual Price Login for early bird registration
Location Virtual Event
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