Online Agile Training | Mountain Goat Software

Based on the instructor's years of teaching this course at locations worldwide, this online agile training course offers you all the benefits of in-person training but with the convenience of watching whenever and wherever you want, including on your iPad, iPhone or Android device.

All the important topics are covered for agile and Scrum success--from iteration planning to release planning. You'll learn about story points and ideal days and the advantages to each. You'll leave knowing how to produce fixed-date, fixed-scope, and fixed-price plans you can be confident in as well as how to avoid anchoring and other common pitfalls. An ideal course for ScrumMasters, agile project managers, product owners, team leaders or anyone who needs to produce or understand a project plan.

Expanding on ideas in Mike Cohn's popular Agile Estimating and Planning book, this online agile training course mixes live-action video with screencasts. Quizzes along the way provide feedback and allow you to check your understanding of key points. Estimating and planning are key skills of agile project management and this agile online training course helps you learn just what you need to know.

Be sure to check out the preview videos available on the Table of Contents tab of this page.

After finishing the agile estimating and planning online course, you will earn 4 PDUs that can be applied toward the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) or toward Scrum Alliance membership renewal. Participants also earn valuable certificates of completion, which are available in a variety of sizes suitable for your personal website, resume or online profile. Certificates are also stored online within your profile at Mountain Goat Software and your page on our site can be used to showcase your participation in Mountain Goat Software's online and in-person courses.

Supported Devices For Online Agile Training

  • Any modern operating system with the latest versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or Chrome
  • iPads and iPhones
  • Android devices
  • Javascript must be enabled

What People are Saying About This Online Agile Training

Mike has raised the bar for e-learning content. His new online training videos bring polished, informative animations to Mike's entertaining delivery. I had high expectations and Mike delivered. ”

—Tod Golding, eBay

Even though I expected a lot from you, I'm blown away by your online Agile Estimating and Planning course. First of all it's crazy fun. I about fell off my chair when you held up that koala bear. Second of all, there is REAL learning. ”

—Lisa Crispin, co-author of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams

I really enjoyed your Agile Planning and Estimating class. It provided a ton of useful insight into some of the challenges we're experiencing with our Scrum adoption.”

—Randy Hale, TD Ameritrade

You were a great instructor and you absolutely, forever altered my perspective on project management process.”

—Ray Hutchins, SimGame Exchange
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Title Preview Duration
Introduction   1m 27s
Welcome Preview 1m 27s
The Problem and Our Goal   20m 52s
Why Plans Go Wrong Preview 5m 33s
More Reasons Why Plans Go Wrong 3m 40s
Planning at Multiple Levels 4m 13s
Good, Agile Planning 7m 26s
Quiz: Basics of Planning
Iteration Planning   33m 46s
Working In the Right Order 4m 30s
The Iteration Planning Meeting 4m 47s
Quiz: The Iteration Planning Meeting
Velocity-Driven Iteration Planning 3m 20s
Estimating Capacity for Commitment-Driven Planning 4m 52s
How Full Should an Iteration Be? 3m 49s
Commitment-Driven Iteration Planning 2m 40s
An Example of Commitment-Driven Iteration Planning 3m 50s
Which Type of Iteration Planning Is Best? 5m 58s
Quiz: Types of Iteration Planning
Story Points & Ideal Days   58m 10s
Product Backlog Estimating Units Preview 3m 53s
Estimate Size; Derive Duration 5m 57s
Ideal Time 5m 47s
Story Points 3m 22s
How Do We Come Up With a Story Point Estimate? 6m 45s
An Example of Estimating with Points 3m 31s
Quiz: Ideal Time and Story Points
Getting Started and Staying Within One Order of Magnitude 4m 29s
Reasons to Favor Ideal Time 2m 35s
Three Advantages to Story Points 4m 9s
Quiz: Advantages and Disadvantages
Story Points Are a Pure Measure of Size 2m 53s
Your Time and My Time Cannot Be Added 2m 42s
Points Help Avoid Unit Confusion 4m 28s
What I Prefer and Do 3m 41s
Are Story Points Time or Complexity? 3m 58s
Estimating the Product Backlog   29m 57s
Some Tips on How to Estimate 3m 23s
Disaggregating Product Backlog Items 3m 3s
Use the Right Units 7m 58s
Planning Poker Preview 5m 26s
Why Planning Poker Works 5m 19s
Anchoring 2m 46s
Quiz: Estimating the Product Backlog
Relating Points to Hours 2m 2s
Release Planning   39m 18s
Release Planning with Historical Velocity Data 6m 16s
Forecasting Velocity 5m 39s
Predicting Velocity when Team Size Changes 9m 9s
Quiz: Release Planning
Fixed-Date Plans 6m 37s
Fixed-Scope Plans 2m 57s
Fixed-Price Plans 8m 40s
Quiz: Fixed-Date, -Scope and -Price Plans
A Few Topics for Multi-Team Projects   12m 20s
Estimating the Product Backlog in a Common Unit 4m 50s
Multiple-Team Iteration Planning 3m 55s
Rolling Lookahead Planning 3m 35s
Quiz: Multi-Team Projects
Conclusion   1m 48s
Goodbye 1m 48s

About your Instructor - Mike Cohn

Mike Cohn

Learn Scrum and Agile Processes directly from Mike Cohn, one of the industry's most well-respected Certified Scrum Trainers. Mike Cohn is the author of User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and Succeeding with Agile. Mike is a highly popular and in-demand Scrum and agile trainer across the globe. He is also a co-founder and board member of the Scrum Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated specifically to Scrum, and a co-founder of the non-profit Agile Alliance, home of the Agile Manifesto.

Streaming License

For each license you purchase, one person is granted a six-month, renewable license. Only that person may watch the course. That person may not sell or otherwise transfer the license to another person. Screen grabbing or similar technologies may not be used to make copies of any part of the course.

Download License

In addition to the rights and restrictions of a Streaming License, you receive the one-time right to download all course videos. You can watch the course on any or all devices on which it will play, but you still cannot show the course to anyone else. You cannot give any part of the course to anyone else either directly or through a sharing or similar website.

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