GDC is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Use the GDC 2021 Session Viewer to browse and sort the ever-growing list of sessions by day, time, pass type, topic, and format. All registered attendees will be able to build their personal schedule directly within the event platform, once live early July 2021. All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Story Points: Upside Down Project Management

Cameron Penner  (Tools Programmer, Ubisoft)

Date: Wednesday, July 21

Time: 3:40pm - 4:10pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass

Topic: Production & Team Management

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: N/A: I prefer to present live on-site but I am open to delivering a virtual presentation

Many teams realize too late that their project has too much scope, and not enough time. This talk will show how shifting from time estimates to story points lets teams simplify estimation and better understand the plausibility of their roadmap. If you've been sticking to time estimates because they're what you know, this talk will explain why and how story points work, and show that by simply adopting this abstract form of estimation, your team can revolutionize your project management, and set your game up for success.


By the end of this presentation, attendees will understand what Story Points are, how and why they work, and how they can be implemented on your project to help your team create a more realistic roadmap.

Intended Audience

This talk is for project managers, and anyone who is tired of asking how long features are going to take. If Jira excites you, you're going to love this talk.