Fueling innovative software
July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

Get your poker face on: How to use Planning Poker to slay project estimations

Laura Janusek (Modern Teacher)
1:45pm2:25pm Thursday, July 18, 2019
Product Management and Design
Location: D138-140
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 4 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Product owners, product or project managers, Scrum Masters, developers, CPOs, and CTOs




We’ve all either asked or been asked how long something will take, when we’ll get the feature out the door, how much time we need to build this kind of software, or how many developers we need to get this project done in three months.

Laura Bernardin Janusek explores how to use Planning Poker—the Agile, consensus-based estimation technique—to generate thoughtful and accurate responses. You’ll gain insight into the process with real-world examples and tips from an experienced project manager and product owner and have the opportunity to participate in a live-estimations round using free online tools. Join in to learn how to use Planning Poker for a range of project types and team structures, leverage free online tools like a project-planning pro, and make the estimation process feel less like a chore and more like a game.

What you'll learn

  • Learn to create data-informed project timelines for your product road map
  • Understand how to facilitate Planning Poker sessions with a range of team sizes and project types
  • Integrate free online technology tools into the Planning Poker experience for easier data collection
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Laura Janusek

Modern Teacher

Laura Bernardin Janusek is a founding team member and vice president of product at Modern Teacher, focusing on the design and development of the company’s software solutions, and she leads the development and quality-assurance teams, including both US-based and nearshore developers, and defines Modern Teacher’s current and upcoming software solutions, using client feedback to oversee the development lifecycle from ideation to live releases and enhancements. She’s also managed Modern Teacher’s professional learning content creation team, including graphic and elearning designers. Previously, Laura acted as vice president of curriculum and vice president of client experience with Digedu, leading a team of over 40 digital content creators and overseeing client relationships nationally, and she was involved with a variety of educational organizations, teaching in both special education and English departments as well as nontraditional learning environments. Laura enjoys practicing yoga, playing violin, and listening to audiobooks. She’s an active member of communities for women in technology, and she’s passionate about education equity and technology’s ability to improve lives in the education space and beyond.