The Best Agile Metrics – Everything Else Sucks!!!

Look, you need metrics for your Agile organization, right? In the immortal words of Peter Drucker, If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” So, you need to measure things, and measure them well. And you need to measure the right things too! 

Metrics on employee happiness, theoretical value, and work not done are just plain dumb. I will reveal the metrics that you need. That mean something. And that get results. Join us as we discover THE BEST AGILE METRICS!


Outline/Structure of the Presentation


  • Intro
  • Review the best metrics
    • Individual Work Velocity Performance
    • Team Velocity Comparison Trend
    • Document Velocity and Content Density Calculation
    • Scaled Framework Complexity Score
    • Management Satisfaction Index
  • Introduce "The Liar Paradox" and reveal that these are actually terrible metrics, the worst!


  • Introduce how to get to good metrics
  • Metrics Canvas
  • Definition of Value
  • Definition of Measurement
  • Reveal that Peter Drucker didn't say “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Simon Caulkin paraphrased an argument from V.F. Ridgway as "What gets measured gets managed — even when it’s pointless to measure and manage it, and even if it harms the purpose of the organisation to do so."
  • Future performance metrics versus past performance metrics
  • The Suckinator
  • Walk before you fly
  • Figure out the metrics that matter!


Organizations need to figure out how to measure things so they can learn and improve. It can be challenging figuring out how to measure, and perhaps even harder to figure out what to measure! I take examples of metrics anti-patterns that I have experienced in my Agile career, and then make them EXTREME! I then reveal that the metrics I have offered have no value, because they have no context! I then describe processes that can help people define context of metrics so they can figure out what metrics matter to them.

Learning Outcome

This session will help participants to:

  • identify and question metrics anti-patterns
  • understand and explain discovery of metrics that matter
  • design collaborative activities that produce relevant metrics for them

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Agile Coaches, Managers, Executives, Change Agents

Prerequisites for Attendees

No prerequisites

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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