Bad agile metrics and how to spot them

One of the key features of agile is transparency which is usually done via large visible charts of team metrics in and around the team space. As agile is adopted by large organizations there is usually an effort to standardize metrics and develop organization specific metrics.

However these new metrics can drive the wrong behavior or measure the wrong thing. This session identifies common agile metrics and demonstrates how they should and shouldn’t be used. It will also cover how to “coach-up” to ensure that metrics are consumed correctly by upper management. Finally we will also discuss how to identify bad metrics with a few common sense questions.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Introduction
  • Level set on what metrics are
  • Why we use metrics
  • How bad metrics can impact your team
  • Bad agile metrics
  • What good metrics look like
  • Takeaways
  • Q&A

Learning Outcome

Understand how to ensure that metrics are being used correctly with your agile teams.

Target Audience

Anyone who is working on an agile project who is

Prerequisites for Attendees

Basic understanding of agile and common agile metrics such as burn-up/burn down charts and velocity/throughput charts

schedule Submitted 10 months ago

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