Modern Agile Planning

The Modern Agile Planning Workshop is your complete introduction to the modern way of planning.

Our team got a lot of value out of Industrial Logic's Modern Agile Planning Workshop. So many 'agile' trainings feel focused on the artifacts and not the 'why.' The instructor caused us to question our assumptions and rethink a lot of what we were doing. Weeks later, we are still iterating to incorporate more of what we discussed in the session.Curt Larson, V.P. Product, Sharethrough

Still using storypoints and velocity calculations? Still cramming in work at the end of a sprint? Still spending lots of time grooming a giant backlog?  Learn streamlined practices that remove unnecessary waste and focus your team on essential work.

You'll learn the direction-setting practice of Chartering, gain product direction clarity via User Story Mapping, work efficiently by validating/invalidating product hypotheses, visualize work and limit work-in-process via Kanban and learn to produce better outcomes faster without wasting lots of time on estimates.

Industrial Logic pioneered many of the advancements in agile planning, including #NoEstimates approaches.  We've performed countless experiments to help us refine agile planning.  We've abandoned and tested new practices over many years.  Come leverage our experience and wisdom in this exciting new workshop!


  • Day 1: Starting a Project
  • Modern Agile Thinking: Lean, Agile, Lean Startup
  • Chartering: Setting the Team's Direction
  • Exercise: Charter Your Product
  • Discovering Value
  • What we can Learn From Lean Startup: Experimenting with Hypothesis
  • Exercise: Sooner, not Faster
  • Modern Budgeting and Scheduling
  • Group Discussion: Is it Possible to Plan with No Estimates?
  • Day 2: Discovery and Steering
  • Story Mapping: Understanding the Shape of Your Product
  • Exercise: Discovering the First Release
  • User Stories for Iterative Development
  • Exercise: Slicing the Story
  • Acceptance Tests to Clarify Stories
  • What about Non-Functional Stories?
  • Exercise: Writing Acceptance Tests
  • Evolutionary Design
  • Delivering Value Early and Often
  • Slicing the Application
  • Day 3: Sustainable Product Development
  • Individuals and Interactions
  • People: The Heart of Agility
  • Exercise: Self-Organizing Teams - Guided Tour
  • Technical Tools: Test-Driven Development, Continuous Deployment, Stop-the-Line
  • Exercise: Understanding TDD for Managers
  • Kanban: The Flow of Value
  • Exercise: The Eyeglass Design Factory

Course Details

Knowledge: 50%, Skill-Building: 50%
Learning outcomes
  • Understand the key principles and practices of Modern Agile Planning
  • Able to Charter a project
  • Learn how to discover the most vital parts of user stories
  • Learn the techniques of Application and Story Slicing
  • Able to Plan and Deliver Products with No Estimates
  • Able to apply the concept of Evolutionary Design
  • How to deliver early and often
  • Understand how lean startup ideas (such as continuous deployment, validated learning, rapid feedback) can encourage more effective development
Method of Instruction
Interactive Dialogues, Simulations, Hands-on Exercises and Videos
Target Audience
Primary: Anyone involved in software development work including Executives, Product Managers, Project Managers, Developers, ScrumMasters, Team Coaches, Product Managers, Testers
Course Level
Course Prerequisites
Required: Some experience in software development


General Requirements

To ensure a successful class, we require the following:

  • VGA projector (1024x768 minimum)
  • Projector screen
  • Speakers (to connect instructor's machines. Sound should be audible to the whole class)
  • White board
  • Dry erase markers
  • Flip chart and stand
  • Ample room for students in terms of room size and set up (prefer U-Shape seating)
Class Room Setup

To ensure a successful class, we require the following:

  • Preferred arrangement is small round tables with 6-8 people to support small-group discussion
  • Three additional flip-charts with stands (for small-group use)

Once an agreement for the workshop is confirmed, we will work with your designated contact to ensure a successful workshop setup.

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