5 Metrics to Create Safety and High Performing Teams

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I see that a lot of organizations use metrics in inappropriate ways to measure teams. At the heart of these metrics, nine times out of ten, are velocity and story points. These metrics lead to a lot of mistrust, fear, and bad technical practices. This talk will focus on shifting the focus to diagnostic metrics.

 Before shifting focus to diagnostic metrics, we need to understand what inappropriate metrics are. When questioning teams about why their velocity was lower from one sprint to another, teams are more likely to inflate their estimates to avoid questions in the future. This is one of my scenarios. We will explore this case and my other top-ten based on the 165 teams I have interacted with. Focusing on one metric does not provide a balanced view of the team.

For balance, I promote five metrics. The combination of metrics balances each other. These five metrics are lead time, quality, happiness, agile maturity, and business value. Focusing on these five metric areas can be used as a diagnostic tool to help teams grow and support coaching. During the session, we will use my Excel-based tool and visual model to simulate this balance.

When you push shorter lead times (how fast) on a team with a lower agile maturity, the first thing to change is quality, followed by happiness and then the delivery of value. Conversely, if a team focuses on TDD, the first thing to change is quality, followed by agile maturity, reduction in lead time, and increased delivery of value.  

Teaching teams to harness data in a positive way will help them to flourish.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  1. Opening  the session - 5  minutes
    1. Into to the speaker
    2. Cover the session agenda
  1. Metric Overview - 10 minutes
    1. Agile metric Antipatterns
    2. What makes a good metric
  2. Flow-Based Metrics - 5 minutes
    1. Predictability
    2. Productivity
    3. Responsiveness
  3. Quality - 5 Minutes
  4. Agile Fluency/ Agile Assessments -5 Minutes
  5. Happiness - 5 Minutes
  6. Business Value - 5 Minutes
  7. Q and A -  5 minutes

Learning Outcome

Session Attendee will walk away with an understanding of what makes a good metric,  What are metric anti-patterns  Lead Time, Quality, Happiness, Agile Fluency, and Business Value metrics. How these 5 metrics balance each other out. Tools and methods to put in place these concepts at these organization. Creating a coaching dashboards for their coaches and Scrum Master.    

Target Audience

Leadership, Curious Practitioner, Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, any one that wants to change the conversation.

Prerequisite

General understanding of the Agile Manifesto, An Open Mind 

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