Estimating (or not): A Project Management & Engineering Discussion

Event Details

Nov 13, 2017
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Wacom Technology Corporation
1455 NW Irving St
Portland, OR 97209

TAO Member - $15
Non Member - $30


Hey team, our customer wants to customize the product to change the workflow. How long will this take?

How often does this type of question get asked for both internal and external projects, and how often does it complicate life?

Join the Technology Association of Oregon Dev & Engineering and Project Management communities for a conversation about challenges when estimating work, and talk about best practices to make life easier for both developers and project managers.  From starting early with setting the sales team up for succes to gathering the right information, to exploring the pain points and business challenges along the way, we’ll discuss the pitfalls and perils of estimation and answer your questions along the way.


Scott Roth
Jama Software              

A prominent business leader in Portland's tech scene, Scott looks forward to addressing questions regarding effective estimation strategies for developers and project managers. 

Victoria Blake
Director of Product Management 
Metal Toad

Victoria is the Director of Product Management at Metal Toad, a software agency whose work includes consumer products, IoT and big data, custom ERP, middleware, and e-commerce / marketing sites, as well as cloud, application management, and performance tuning. She has worked in Product Management at Jive, WebMD, and at local PDX starups , and has shipped product for clients like Sony, Daimler, Siemens, and WB. She believes in autonomy, accountability, and trust, and is a passionate practitioner of Agile. She takes pride in good work, believes in the power of teams, is fluent in Nerd, and has a burning desire to get things done. Core management philosophy: Create conditions for team success. Core product philosophy: Be clear about the "why" behind the MVP, and be prepared to test and iterate. Core human philosophy: Always learn.

Ryan King 
Backend Engineering Manager
Simple Finance

Ryan King has been managing engineers for the last five years.  He spent the first 15 years of his career as an engineer, which makes him a passionate advocate for his team members.  Ryan also has a little bit of a karaoke problem.



Tracy Thomas
Program Manager

Tracy Thomas is a Program Management and Operations leader. She has a background in software development and project management in business areas including embedded software, solutions for the military, outsourced software development, and social business software. She also has a degree in particle physics, so if you need a break from software, you can try her with some questions about the Large Hadron Collider.