schedule 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM place Room 5

When dealing with metrics, most Agile or Lean teams begin with a Burndown Chart.  Unfortunately, that is also where most of them stop.  While a Burndown Chart is a great first step, it only provides a small sliver of the information the team has access to.

 

In this talk, we’ll be starting at the beginning with what a Cumulative Flow Diagram is, how it relates to a Burndown Chart, its advantages, and where it too ultimately stops.  We’ll then look at additional information radiators that the team can easily use based on existing data to provide transparency to stakeholders and the raw material for continuous improvement.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  1. The most basic Cumulative Flow Diagram
  2. How it relates to Burndown and Burnup Charts
  3. Making the Cumulative Flow Diagram more expressive by adding statuses
  4. Other information provided by the Cumulative Flow Diagram
    1. Throughput
    2. Average Throughput
    3. Work in Progress
    4. Average Cycle Time
    5. Bottlenecks
    6. Process smells
    7. Possible quality problems
    8. “Organic” scope growth
    9. Scope Creep
  5. Most important things the Cumulative Flow Diagram doesn’t provide
    1. Individual Cycle Time
    2. Specific blockages
  6. Other information radiators to fill those gaps

Learning Outcome

An understanding of:

 

  • What a Cumulative Flow Diagram is;
  • What information a Cumulative Flow Diagram provides that standard Burndown Charts do not;
  • How to use Cumulative Flow Diagrams to improve forecasting and prevent emerging problems from getting out of hand;
  • How to use Cumulative Flow Diagrams to continuously improve;
  • What Cumulative Flow Diagrams DO NOT provide;
  • Other information radiators that provide answers to questions the Cumulative Flow Diagram might cause.

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, business stakeholders, and anyone involved in metrics or continuous improvement

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