Blitz Planning

An effective and rapid planning technique, for the agile age. Also known as a “Project Planning Jam Session.”

Representatives from the client or sponsor side, the business side, development, UX, security, ops - any and every group that will have to participate in the project, work together with index cards to visibly draw out a storyboard of the project.

Using up to 80-120 cards and a few hours to a full day, they map out the work to be done, the dependencies, the timeline, the foreseen difficulties, and together, find the best path possible.

They add sharp focus on getting a walking prototype of the architecture, the first visible results, and the first point of real value delivered.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is for anyone in any field that plays a role in project development. As the methodologies of project development are constantly updated, everyone can take something away from this fun and interactive approach to project planning and development.


I once taught a class of over 150 people for a company built on Scrum-CSM,. After the workshop, several key people suddenly showed up in my Blitz Planning workshop. I asked why they were there after I had taught it to their entire development department.

They said, "We weren't really listening, because we didn't think agile projects needed planning. But we finally got tired of getting hurt by things showing up later in the project that really were foreseeable. So, we're here to learn this time."

In this course, you will learn:

  • The most agile, easiest, and fun way to plan any project!
  • How to find issues early-on that could come back to damage your project if left unnoticed.
  • How to find the first moment of architectural validation and real business value.
  • How to identify the problem of depending on one key person for too many task
  • How to direct your client’s demand of project delivery into an agile development approach
  • How to start collaborative conversations between clients and developers.

About the Trainers

Dr. Alistair Cockburn

One of the original authors of the Agile Manifesto. Voted in "The All-Time Top 150 i-Technology Heroes" for his work in Use Cases and Agile Software Development

Dr. Cockburn is an internationally renowned strategist, author of the award-winning Agile Software Development, and Writing Effective Use Cases. He co-authored the Agile Manifesto, the Declaration of Interdepen-dence, the Agile Project Leadership Network and the International Consortium for Agile.

Dr. Cockburn is an expert on organizational psychology, agile development, development processes, use cases, project management, and object-oriented programming.

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