Michael Krasowski

Michael is General Manager of Fairway Technologies and brings over 35+ years of Information Technology experience managing teams, supporting customers and providing leadership and guidance to the industry. Prior to the merger between Fairway and PDSA Inc., Michael was Vice President/COO at PDSA, Inc. Michael’s responsibilities at PDSA were to manage all projects and personnel while ensuring quality services are delivered on time and on budget to our valued clients. Before joining the PDSA team, Michael was the Director of IT at the Long Beach division of Boeing. He was responsible for all aspects of computing – strategic planning, architecture, application lifecycle, asset management, and outsource management – where he managed 140+ people. Michael also has been an instructor at UCLA and University of California, Irvine's extension programs teaching a variety of computer science topics. Michael has been a speaker at industry conferences, such as DevIntersection, DevConnections, and SoCal Code Camp Conferences specializing in best practices of management, project management, leadership, communication, requirements gathering, agile and estimating projects. Michael holds a BA degree in Mathematics and a MS degree in Computer Science from UCLA. Michael is also a Pluralsight instructor having published 7 courses on project management, project requirements, project estimating, leadership and communication. Michael’s most recent course is: "Developing Effective Agile Sprint Plans."


Building Better Sprint Plans

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Speakers: Michael Krasowski

If you are challenged with creating rapid, solid sprint plans and struggling with mid-sprint issues, incomplete work at the end of a sprint, the treatment of bugs and when to apply ‘spikes’ then this course is for you.
In this course, Developing Effective Agile Sprint Plans, you will learn the skills, approaches, and techniques to advance your essential sprint planning capabilities.

First, we will review key Agile and Scrum terms, definitions, roles, artifacts and processes to provide the basis for this course and cover the numerous benefits of having a solid Agile planning process and what the outcomes and expectations of sprint planning should be.

Next, you will learn the activities of the product backlog, user stories, sprint planning, sprint backlog, the sprint itself, daily scrum or stand up, and lastly the sprint review and retrospective. Included will be sprint management activities such as sprint status, burn-down, and developing velocities.

Finally, this course will not only cover the “happy path” planning process, but once the sprint is launched and is “in-flight,” we will explore how to handle the myriad of issues that may affect and impede your plan, such as: bugs, staffing, ‘spikes’, and incomplete work and what options you can apply to mitigate them.
When you’re finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of how to improve, execute and deliver high quality sprint plans; and what options you have if things ‘go wrong.’

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