Zero Day Planning: light-weight long-range planning

Zero Day Planning is a light-weight long-range planning approach for agile teams. Ideally we fund products not projects. We budget for the team, and keep a moving window on our product backlog, emerging and refining new requirements as we deliver our current features and learn from customer feedback and behaviours. But this isn’t always possible. Maybe we have not yet moved to funding products, have funding for a project and have to figure out when we will deliver which features. Or we are budgeting for a new product over the next fiscal year and have to estimate how many teams we need. How can we estimate long-range budget needs and delivery expectations?
I will describe Zero Day Planning, an approach used many times to provide early estimates for long-range planning. The estimation process takes a matter of days and provides a baseline the team can immediately start using and validating. Using real-world examples you will learn how the approach builds on agile principles and replaces more traditional and heavier long-range estimation techniques.
We’ll close with some cautionary tales of how things can unravel and why they might do so, just before we think of this as a silver bullet.
 
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Outline/Structure of the Talk

[5 m] The Zero Day Planning process
[10 m] How to create estimates that stand the test of time
[10 m] Building out the plan
[5 m] Applying Zero Day Planning to annual budgeting
[5 m] Cautionary tales
[5 m] In conclusion

Learning Outcome

  • Understand the Zero Day Planning process
  • Learn from examples of budget planning, roadmap deliverable, and fixed-date planning
  • Discover the role the team plays in high-level estimation
  • See how the Product Owner and Scrum Master contribute to successful execution

Target Audience

product owners, scrum masters, leaders, project managers

schedule Submitted 10 months ago

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