Getting good information about how your teams are doing can be challenging. There are some very traditional metrics that we use in Scrum to see team progress, but are you getting the entire picture? Are your teams actually doing badly but you can't tell? Where can they make some improvements? Your metrics should be able to tell you - at a glance - what's going well and what's going badly.

In this workshop, we'll review, discuss, and create several different metrics you can use to track your team's progress. Are they on track? Are they lost in the weeds? What kinds of metrics are most useful for the kind of agile methodology your teams are using? For instance, Kanban requires a whole different way of measuring team accomplishments than Scrum. After taking this workshop, you should understand the different kinds of metrics, which metrics are most useful for which methodologies, which metrics you aren't using will help identify anti-patterns, and how to identify teams that are on track or off the rails.

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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Introductions (5 mins)
  • Agile Metrics (10-15 mins)
    • Traditional metrics
    • Non-traditional Scrum/XP metrics
    • Metrics for non-Scrum/XP methodologies
  • Tracking a team's performance workshop (25 mins)
  • Tracking a release workshop (25 mins)
  • Review (5 mins)
  • Close-out (15 mins)

Learning Outcome

  • Familiarity with different kinds of agile metrics
  • Understanding of which metrics provide which performance indicators

Target Audience

scrummaster, product owner, product manager, manager, executive, developer, tester, business analyst, system analyst, architect

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  • Srinath Chandrasekharan
    By Srinath Chandrasekharan  ~  3 years ago
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    Hi Bill,


    Can you give specific example of the metrics and also video of any of your earlier presentations



    • Bill DeVoe
      By Bill DeVoe  ~  3 years ago
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      I provided a link to the video an earlier presentation above (on my YouTube channel). There's no actual video of the presentation because it wasn't recorded so I instead did another presentation and recorded audio for the slides.

      Some specific examples of metrics that teams should be examining are cumulative flow diagrams, scatter plots, cycle times, lead times, release tracking, etc. As this is designed for beginners in the agile space, their experience with these other kinds of metrics is limited or non-existent, hence the presentation proposal. They'll actually create and plot metrics during the workshop so they leave with experience doing it rather than just hearing about it.

      Hope that helps.

      • Ellen Grove
        By Ellen Grove  ~  3 years ago
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        Hi Bill

        You've mentioned a variety of interesting ways of counting and tracking things - I'd like to know a little more about what the hands-on exercises would be. Can you give us some more information as to the workshop activities themselves?  



        • Bill DeVoe
          By Bill DeVoe  ~  3 years ago
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          The hands-on activities would be around creating some of these metrics by hand as there aren't very good reporting tools available for them (in particular, I haven't found a tool that does the release tracking exercise). The intent is to give the participants an understanding of how the metrics are created by doing it themselves and then they can either find tools (or reporting in tools they use today, like Rally or VersionOne) or create their own. It's about the metrics, not the tools, so I want people to leave this workshop knowing how these metrics are created so they can do it themselves if their tools don't support it.

          Hope that helps.


  • Balaji.M
    By Balaji.M  ~  3 years ago
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    Hi Bill,

    The slides referece provided in Links is for the talk which you have proposed to speak in this conference?

    Are you saying the metrics in Scrum doesn't give a clear picture of what's happening and suggesting to capture addtional metrics to get a clear picture?

    Because of this do we need to mix the methods SCRUM+KANBAN while executing the projects?

    These are few questions i have, please can you provide more details?

    Best Regards


    • Bill DeVoe
      By Bill DeVoe  ~  3 years ago
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      Those slides are for a different presentation that I gave at Mile High Agile - it is not for this presentation. They are just an example of the kinds of presentations I've done in the past.

      As to metrics in Scrum not giving a clear picture, what I'm saying is that looking at one particular set of metrics provides an incomplete picture of the team's performance. It could be that what you see looks okay but there are other things happening with your teams that aren't evident from those metrics. MANY people are only using burndown/burnup charts and those are not remotely a complete picture. There are other metrics that ScrumMasters and Product Owners should be looking at to get more information. This presentation will provide information about those other metrics and give the participants an opportunity to actual try them out during the workshop. And the metrics will cover things from iteration health to release health.

      Hope that helps clarify.

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