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Accurate Agile Planning

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Estimates for Predictable Delivery

This one-day, deep-dive training, shows you how to make accurate, reliable, and realistic project plans. 

With this course you can coach teams to estimate and plan quickly, and produce accurate plans that anticipate future deliverables

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Why Train with Mountain Goat Software?

Mountain Goat Software has trained more than 9,000 agile professionals in Live Online certified classes and over 25,000 agile professionals in person certified classes, trained 100s of teams in private training, and issued more than 12,000 licenses for on-demand video training.

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We go beyond theory to provide real-world advice. Our trainers share up-to-date guidance about what is and isn’t working, and our video courses include techniques you can apply immediately.

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You get the best learning experience. You get access to unique interactive software for all our live, online classes, and all our courses are delivered in succinct lessons that are designed to make the learning stick.

Mike Cohn

These are the only courses designed by Mike Cohn, co-founder of the Scrum Alliance, and author of Succeeding with Agile, User Stories Applied, and Agile Estimating and Planning.

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You can expect the best customer service. Whether you have questions, or need help, our exceptional team is there to support you, and treat you like a member of the Mountain Goat family!

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Agile Mentors
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This course includes 12 months of access to the Agile Mentors Community.

The Agile Mentors Community is a place for agile practitioners around the world to collaborate in a safe, experiential learning space. In this private community, you will find lively discussions on a variety of agile topics such as agile leadership, user stories and the product backlog, transitioning to agile, and more.

Learn more about Agile Mentors

About the Instructor

Mike Cohn

Mike Cohn

Mike is CEO of Mountain Goat Software, and one of the industry’s most well-respected Certified Scrum Trainers. He is the author of User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and Succeeding with Agile. He is a co-founder and former board member of the Scrum Alliance, and a co-founder of the non-profit Agile Alliance, home of the Agile Manifesto.

With 20+ years of agile training experience, Mike has honed a talent for explaining agile concepts with clear illustrations and real-life examples. Participants enjoy his passion for teaching the agile methodologies in a relatable and digestible way. 

Scrum Certifications include: CSM, CST, CSPO, A-CSM, CSP-SM, CSP-PO

Why Train with Mountain Goat Software?

Mountain Goat Software has trained more than 9,000 agile professionals in Live Online certified classes and over 25,000 agile professionals in person certified classes, trained 100s of teams in private training, and issued more than 12,000 licenses for on-demand video training.

Adobe LinkedIn Southwest Google Intuit Oakley
Puzzle

We go beyond theory to provide real-world advice. Our trainers share up-to-date guidance about what is and isn’t working, and our video courses include techniques you can apply immediately.

Desktop

You get the best learning experience. You get access to unique interactive software for all our live, online classes, and all our courses are delivered in succinct lessons that are designed to make the learning stick.

Mike Cohn

These are the only courses designed by Mike Cohn, co-founder of the Scrum Alliance, and author of Succeeding with Agile, User Stories Applied, and Agile Estimating and Planning.

Speech Bubbles

You can expect the best customer service. Whether you have questions, or need help, our exceptional team is there to support you, and treat you like a member of the Mountain Goat family!

Plus...

Agile Mentors
Agile Mentors Logo

This course includes 12 months of access to the Agile Mentors Community.

The Agile Mentors Community is a place for agile practitioners around the world to collaborate in a safe, experiential learning space. In this private community, you will find lively discussions on a variety of agile topics such as agile leadership, user stories and the product backlog, transitioning to agile, and more.

Learn more about Agile Mentors

About the Instructor

Mike Cohn

Mike Cohn

Mike is CEO of Mountain Goat Software, and one of the industry’s most well-respected Certified Scrum Trainers. He is the author of User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and Succeeding with Agile. He is a co-founder and former board member of the Scrum Alliance, and a co-founder of the non-profit Agile Alliance, home of the Agile Manifesto.

With 20+ years of agile training experience, Mike has honed a talent for explaining agile concepts with clear illustrations and real-life examples. Participants enjoy his passion for teaching the agile methodologies in a relatable and digestible way. 

Scrum Certifications include: CSM, CST, CSPO, A-CSM, CSP-SM, CSP-PO

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Who Should Take This Course?

This is an Intermediate level course.

This is a core course for the following roles:

  • Team Lead
  • ScrumMaster
  • Product Owner
  • Product Manager
  • Coach
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Course Outline

What is Agile Planning

Review common estimating problems and see why agile estimating and planning is essential, and possible for any team.

Estimating with Story Points

Understand story points so that you can explain them correctly to coworkers, bosses, and clients. 

You’ll also learn how to facilitate Planning Poker® sessions online or in person to quickly get reasonable estimates. 

Planning for What You Don’t Know

Understand the important difference between known, overlooked and emergent items on the product backlog. 

Explain to stakeholders and clients why the project is bigger than they think

Estimate the size of the unknown portion of the product backlog

Milestone Planning

Create reliable fixed-date and fixed-scope plans you can be confident in. 

Assess fixed-everything projects to determine if they’re viable or what can make them viable.

Adjust velocity estimates for current situations. 

Buffering Critical Plans

See how to buffer what matters rather than padding a plan. 

Assess risk through median and risk-averse estimates and ultimately create plans that have been adjusted for risk and uncertainty to increase the probability of delivering on time.

Improving with Data

Improve estimates of scope, dates, and velocity by collecting a small amount of easy to get data.

Course Outline

What Is Agile Planning

Master the basics of Agile planning and learn to create plans that drive better decisions.

Estimating with Story Points

Understand what story points are, how they relate to time, and how to use them effectively in planning.

Release Planning

Learn to create reliable fixed-date, fixed-scope plans and assess fixed-everything projects for viability.

Planning for What You Don't Know

Understand how to estimate unknowns and communicate the full scale of the project to stakeholders.

Buffering Critical Plans

Learn to create plans buffered against risk and uncertainty, ensuring higher probability of on-time delivery.

Getting Faster and Better at Estimating

Discover tips and techniques to improve estimation speed and accuracy.

Communicating about Estimates and Plans

Learn to confidently present your plans and handle stakeholder questions about timelines and deliverables.

How it Works

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Before the Course

Once you register, if your class includes video, you get access to those materials to watch before you attend. These videos include key lessons and are essential viewing before you attend the live class.

For classes with videos included, you are required to watch all videos before attending live, so make sure you leave enough time to work through them.

With lifetime access to all modules in these videos, you can watch them whenever you need, long after the live class so they’re a significant advantage to your training experience.

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During the Course

You’ll participate in a live, online class via Zoom, facilitated by your experienced Certified Scrum Trainer. You’ll get to know other attendees through group discussions, and practical breakout sessions.

The Team Home Software used for the breakout exercises is a popular part of our training. It’s unique to Mountain Goat Software and it really helps make the course interactive and engaging.

The lively Zoom sessions will fly by, we know because that’s the feedback we get from attendees. Be prepared to come with questions, and leave with answers and confidence to test out your new skills.

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After the Course

After the class we want you to be successful in your agile journey. That’s why we’re the only training provider to offer a 12 month membership into The Agile Mentors Community (value $299). Founded by Mike Cohn, your membership includes access to a community of smart and generous agilists, as well as additional resources to make it easier to succeed with agile. Learn more about what's included in your membership.

How it Works

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Before the Course

Before you attend an in person class, it can be useful to familiarize yourself with the Scrum methodology. The Scrum Foundations is a free short video course designed by Mike Cohn. It's the perfect introduction or refresher to Scrum whether you're brand new, or have been working in the role for year. Click here to see the Scrum Foundations.

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During the Course

During the two-day course you'll experience a mix of class lectures, discussions and breakout exercises in groups. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions, and you'll receive a workbook to make your own notes throughout the training.

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After the Course

After the class we want you to be successful in your agile journey. That’s why we’re the only training provider to offer a 12 month membership into The Agile Mentors Community (value $299). Founded by Mike Cohn, your membership includes access to a community of smart and generous agilists, as well as additional resources to make it easier to succeed with agile. Learn more about what's included in your membership.

Got a Question?

General What payment methods do you accept?

You can register on our site and pay with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express card. For a group of 10 or more, contact Laura Cohn if you wish to be invoiced.

General How do I pay for a course for someone else?

During the checkout process, use your own payment details, your name and your email address to make the purchase. On completion of the purchase, you can then assign the course to your chosen recipient.

General Are your courses only for software developers?

Not necessarily. Each course has attendees from a variety of backgrounds, including from non-software fields. Mike’s passion is product development of all sorts, so many examples are software related, but no software development experience is required.

Live Online What is your refund policy for Live Online courses?

If you cancel or reschedule a Live Online course more than 7 days before the first day of the class you will receive a full refund. If you cancel or reschedule within 7 days of the first day of class, a 50% fee will be charged, and the remaining 50% can be used as a credit toward a class to be taken within 6 months from the date of the canceled class. All cancellation requests must be made via email. Refunds or credits will not be issued for no shows, partial attendance or cancellations within 24 business hours.

We want you to feel confident about enrolling in our live, online courses. If after watching the pre-course videos and participating in the live sessions you don’t find the course valuable, email us within 7 days for a full refund.

Note that this refund policy applies only to Live Online courses.

Live Online Will my certificate say virtual if I take the certification online?

No, your certificate will not mention the course was held virtually. It will look the same as the in person certificates.

Live Online Do you offer Live Online course discounts?

Our certified Live Online classes include volume discounts:

  • Save $100 per person when you register 10 or more people for a certified course.
Live Online Do I get a Scrum Alliance membership with my course?

All CSM, CSPO, A-CSM, and A-CSPO classes include a 2-year Scrum Alliance membership

Live Online Are there any exam fees to pay?

The only course that includes an exam is the Certified ScrumMaster class. There is no additional fee to pay in order to take the exam. The course registration fee is the full and final price. 

Live Online If I have an expired certification, can I still take an advanced class?

Your CSM or CSPO certificate doesn't  need to be current to be eligible for the advanced courses. Once you complete your Advanced course, you will need to add 1 year of relevant work experience to your profiles to receive your certification.

If your certificate is expired, there is no cut-off date that requires you to take that certification course again. (You may want to retake it if a lot of time has passed, or if you want to renew it by re-taking the class rather than going through the renewal process of submitting enough SEUs and paying the renewal fee.) 

When it comes to taking an advanced class, if your foundational (CSM / CSPO) certification has expired you can still take the course. Assuming you meet the experience requirement on completion of the advanced class, your foundational certification will be renewed, and include new renewal deadlines. 

Live Online How do I claim my SEUs and PDUs once my course is completed?

After completing your course, you'll receive an email with instructions for claiming continuing education units from Scrum Alliance and Project Management Institute.

In Person What is your refund policy for In Person courses?

You will receive a full refund if you cancel an in-person course at least 14 calendar days before the first day of class. If you cancel within 14 calendar days, a 30 percent cancellation fee will be charged, and you will receive the remaining 70 percent as a credit towards a class to be taken within 18 months from the date of the canceled class. If you cancel within two business days from the start of a class, or if you do not attend the class, you will not be eligible for a refund or credit. All cancellation requests must be made via email.

Note that this refund policy applies only to courses delivered in-person.

In Person Can I attend both the CSM and CSPO class back to back?

Absolutely! In many ways, the two courses are complementary and there is very little overlap between the two courses.

In Person Are laptops required for In-Person Courses?

No. We will provide you with all training material needed for your course.

In Person Do you offer In-Person course discounts?

Yes:

  • Save $100 per person when you register 10 or more people.
  • Save $100 when you register for both classes.
  • Save $100 for early bird registration.
In Person Do I get a Scrum Alliance membership with my course?

All CSM, CSPO, A-CSM, and A-CSPO classes include a 2-year Scrum Alliance membership

In Person Are there any exam fees to pay?

The only course that includes an exam is the Certified ScrumMaster class. There is no additional fee to pay in order to take the exam. The course registration fee is the full and final price. 

In Person If I have an expired certification, can I still take an advanced class?

Your CSM or CSPO certificate doesn't  need to be current to be eligible for the advanced courses. Once you complete your Advanced course, you will need to add 1 year of relevant work experience to your profiles to receive your certification.

If your certificate is expired, there is no cut-off date that requires you to take that certification course again. (You may want to retake it if a lot of time has passed, or if you want to renew it by re-taking the class rather than going through the renewal process of submitting enough SEUs and paying the renewal fee.) 

When it comes to taking an advanced class, if your foundational (CSM / CSPO) certification has expired you can still take the course. Assuming you meet the experience requirement on completion of the advanced class, your foundational certification will be renewed, and include new renewal deadlines. 

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