6 episodes

G'day, I'm Neil Benson. In this limited-edition podcast series, I'd love to teach you how to quickly, accurately and confidently estimate how long it’ll take and how much it’ll cost to build your Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 business applications. You'll be able to persuade your stakeholders to approve your proposals and win more projects.I'm a 14x Microsoft MVP who has been using an agile approach to estimating and building Microsoft business apps since 2008. This podcast is a companion to my online course, Estimating Business Apps. Join for free at https://customery.com/estimating.

Estimating Business Apps Neil Benson

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G'day, I'm Neil Benson. In this limited-edition podcast series, I'd love to teach you how to quickly, accurately and confidently estimate how long it’ll take and how much it’ll cost to build your Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 business applications. You'll be able to persuade your stakeholders to approve your proposals and win more projects.I'm a 14x Microsoft MVP who has been using an agile approach to estimating and building Microsoft business apps since 2008. This podcast is a companion to my online course, Estimating Business Apps. Join for free at https://customery.com/estimating.

    1. Why Estimate Business Applications At All?

    1. Why Estimate Business Applications At All?

    Welcome to Estimating Business Apps episode 1. In this episode, I introduce the first section of the Estimating Business Apps course. Join me to learn why:
    Stakeholders deserve accurate estimates.Estimates are notoriously inaccurate.Estimating in units of time doesn't work.Estimating in t-shirts doesn't work either.Estimates are different from forecasts and commitments.
    The Estimating Business Apps is a companion podcast to my Estimating Business Apps online video course. You can join the Estimating Business Apps course for free here: https://customery.com/estimating
    The first three sections of the online video course are free. By joining the Professional Plan, your support helps me make my training available to as many business apps builders as possible.

    • 21 min
    2. Using Story Points to Estimate Power Platform and Dynamics 365 Apps

    2. Using Story Points to Estimate Power Platform and Dynamics 365 Apps

    Welcome to Estimating Business Apps episode 2. In this episode, I introduce the second section of the Estimating Business Apps course.
    Join me to learn how:
    Estimating a requirement is like estimating a running trail.Effort and the three other factors need to be included in your estimate.Your team can choose an estimation scale for your business apps projects.
    The Estimating Business Apps is a companion podcast to my Estimating Business Apps online video course. You can join the Estimating Business Apps course for free here: https://customery.com/estimating
    The first three sections of the online video course are free. By joining the Professional Plan, your support helps me make my training available to as many business apps builders as possible.

    • 12 min
    3. How to Estimate Requirements for Power Platform and Dynamics 365

    3. How to Estimate Requirements for Power Platform and Dynamics 365

    Welcome to Estimating Business Apps episode 3. In this episode, I introduce the third section of the Estimating Business Apps course.
    Join me to learn how to:
    Slice user stories into an appropriate size for estimation.Agree a standard story against the relative size of other stories can be estimated.Use affinity estimation to quickly estimate a large set of storiesUse planning poker to estimate a small set of storiesDerive how long it will take to deliver the feature based on the story point size of the requirement
    The Estimating Business Apps is a companion podcast to my Estimating Business Apps online video course. You can join the Estimating Business Apps course for free here: https://customery.com/estimating
    The first three sections of the online video course are free. By joining the Professional Plan, your support helps me make my training available to as many business apps builders as possible.

    • 17 min
    4. How to Estimate Entire Apps or Projects for Power Platform or Dynamics 365

    4. How to Estimate Entire Apps or Projects for Power Platform or Dynamics 365

    Welcome to Estimating Business Apps episode 4. In this episode, I introduce the fourth section of the Estimating Business Apps course.
    Join me to learn how to:
    Scale up from estimating requirements to estimating complex business applications.Determine your team's initial velocity even if you've never worked together before.Derive the cost of your project based on the run rate of your team.Visualise your estimates using scaled backlogs, user story maps and release burndown charts. Use your estimates in compelling sales proposals.Handle fixed-price, fixed-date or fixed-scope projects.
    The Estimating Business Apps is a companion podcast to my Estimating Business Apps online video course. You can join the Estimating Business Apps course for free here: https://customery.com/estimating
    The first three sections of the online video course are free. By joining the Professional Plan, your support helps me make my training available to as many business apps builders as possible.

    • 45 min
    5. Amazing Estimates for Power Platform and Dynamics 365 Teams

    5. Amazing Estimates for Power Platform and Dynamics 365 Teams

    Welcome to Estimating Business Apps episode 5. This is the final episode in the Estimating Business Apps podcast mini-series.
    In this episode, I introduce the final section of the Estimating Business Apps course.
    Join me as I answer 20 frequently asked questions about how my teams estimate Power Platform and Dynamics 365 applications:
    How can we explain story points to stakeholders?What are the advantages of story points?Aren't story points equivalent to time?When should we estimate backlog items?How often should we update our estimated velocity?    How should we report our velocity to our stakeholders? Should we fill up our sprint backlog up to our estimated velocity?When should we split epics or features into stories? Should we estimate bugs? Should we estimate non-functional requirements?  Should we estimate sub tasks?  How do we get quicker at estimating? When should we re-estimate stories? Why does the whole team need to be involved in estimating?How does estimating work with multiple teams? How do we prevent estimate inflation? Can we compare teams' velocities? Can we track the velocity of individual developers? How do we reach consensus when our estimates are different? How do we create perfect estimates?
    The Estimating Business Apps is a companion podcast to my Estimating Business Apps online video course.
    Using the discount code in this episode, you can register for the Estimating Business Apps course here:
    https://events.humanitix.com/estimating-usd
    And my Successful Scrum for Microsoft Business Apps course here:
    https://events.humanitix.com/scrum-usd
    Thanks for your support. Your support for my paid courses helps me keep creating free content.

    • 41 min
    Estimating Business Apps trailer

    Estimating Business Apps trailer

    G'day, I'm Neil Benson. In this limited-edition podcast series, I'd love to teach you how to quickly, accurately and confidently estimate how long it’ll take and how much it’ll cost to build your Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 business applications. You'll be able to persuade your stakeholders to approve your proposals and win more projects.

    I'm a 14x Microsoft MVP who has been using an agile approach to estimating and building Microsoft business apps since 2008. This podcast is a companion to my online video course, Estimating Business Apps. Join for free at https://customery.com/estimating.

    • 3 min

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