measurement

Thinking About “Beating” a Team’s Goal

Shaun’s comment on Measure Cycle Time, Not Velocity suggested a team might be better off measuring both cycle time and velocity. Why? For two reasons: “Beating” the last sprint goal Assisting the PO in a forecast of when things might be done. Let’s examine these ideas. Clarify Story Points Why even bother with story points? …

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Agile Transformation: More Possible Organizational Measurements, Part 5

I’ve been thinking more about possible measurements in an agile transformation journey. The first Possible Measurements post focuses on product throughput measurements. This post will focus on measurements you might see when the culture changes with an agile transformation. Again, do start with your why. Without knowing why you want to use agile approaches throughout the organization, …

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Agile Transformation: Possible Organizational Measurements, Part 4

“What should I measure???” is one of the questions I see when I work with people going through an agile transformation. Too often, managers measure people as individuals. (Traditional measurements focus on resource efficiency instead of flow efficiency.) Resource efficiency measures don’t measure what the organization delivers or what prevents the organization from delivering. This …

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See Your Agile Measurement Traps

See Your Agile Measurement Traps In honor of my new book, Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver, this is the second in a series of four trap emails, the measurement trap. Here are three common measurement traps: You/your management thinks velocity is a target or a measure of progress. Someone (often a …

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Agile Program Measurements to Visualize and Track Progress

Program sponsors and the teams themselves want to know where they are in the program. What’s started? What’s not? How much more remains? It’s tempting to measure “everything.” That creates another problem: You might spend too much time attempting to gather data that doesn’t provide enough information. You might even miss seeing the real progress …

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Value of Burndown and Burnup Charts

I met a team recently who was concerned about their velocity. They were always “too late” according to their manager. I asked them what they measured and how. They measured the burndown for each iteration. They calculated the number of points they could claim for each story. Why? Because they didn’t always finish the stories they …

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What Are You Measuring?

I see people measure all kinds of things in projects. Too often, they are single-point or single-dimension measurements. Those measurements don’t provide you with a good idea about the health of your project. They might be a start. However, they are insufficient. Imagine you, like me, would like to lose some weight. You weigh yourself …

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