NoEstimates Workshop: Forecasting with Less Effort and More Accuracy

Presented by Matt Philip

Wondering what NoEstimates means in practice or why you would want to try NoEstimates? Perhaps you’ve heard the buzz or read Vasco Duarte’s book. Maybe you simply want to understand how you can spend less time estimating and more time delivering working software—all while providing your customers with some understanding of predictability. If so, this group boardgame-based workshop will help you understand what and to what degree different factors influence delivery time. Join this session to learn how to move from upfront intuition-based estimates to create a data-based probabilistic forecast that provides a more reliable way to talk about when stuff will be done—and expend less effort to do so. Learn to forecast when things will be done — with less effort and more accuracy!


Matt Philip is the Director of Learning and Development at ThoughtWorks. In his work as a coach, trainer, quality advocate and facilitator, Matt helps organizations and teams continuously become fit for their purpose through continuous learning. He draws on lean and agile values, principles and practices (Kanban Method, XP, Scrum) to offer experience, models and options to customers and teammates. He tweets at @mattphilip, blogs at and shares his presentations at Matt is especially passionate about building learning organizations and the Kanban method and is one of the founding organizers of the Lean Kanban St. Louis meetup.