The Future of Work in Scotland: How to answer “When Will It Be Done?” - Daniel Vacanti

The Future of Work Scotland team are delighted to be bringing you a session with the awesome Dan Vacanti.

Whether we like it or not, our customers’ most important question is “When Will It Be Done?” Answering this question accurately requires a different approach than recommended by many Agile techniques. By means of example we shall explore weather forecasting—and in particular hurricane forecasting—to give us insights into how we might approach this problem. The increased accuracy of hurricane forecasting is mainly due to the rigorous application of proven techniques like Monte Carlo Simulation and Continuous Forecasting. In this talk we will explore some of those practices and discuss how you might employ them to make your projects more predictable. We will walk through some real-world examples that will explain how to get you up and running with methods immediately. You wouldn’t want a little thing like bad forecasting get in the way of you delivering your projects on time, would you?

Learning Objectives:

What can our attendees expect to take away from the session?

- Why uncertainty of forecasting demands a probabilistic approach
- What does it mean to think probabilistically?
- The basic elements that go into a good forecast
- A brief introduction to a forecasting technique

Here's some background on our amazing guest speaker for this session:

Daniel Vacanti is a 25-plus year software industry veteran who has spent most of his career focusing on Lean and Agile practices.

In 2007, he helped to develop the Kanban Method for knowledge work and managed the world’s first project implementation of Kanban that year. He has been conducting Lean-Agile training, coaching, and consulting ever since. In 2011 he founded ActionableAgileTM (previously Corporate Kanban) which provides industry-leading predictive analytics tools and services organizations that utilize Lean-Agile practices.

In 2015 he published his book, “Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability”, which is the definitive guide to flow-based metrics and analytics. In 2017, he helped to develop the “Professional Scrum with Kanban” class with Scrum.org. Daniel holds an M.B.A. and regularly teaches a class on lean principles for software management at the University of California Berkeley.

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