Archive for the ‘Metrics’ Category

Understanding Lean Metrics

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Today, I was faced with the unfortunate task of renewing my driver’s license. It’s been 10 years since the last renewal and I remember the last time I was at the Maryland MVA (Motor Vehicle Administration) office, I waited for what seemed to be an hour.  We all know how painful the experience is.  You stand […]

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Use Metrics to Tell a Story

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Agile delivery practices use metrics as a foundation to quantify the unpredictable nature of understanding what someone has in mind. Stories are a set of words that convey an idea and translate one person’s imagination into an imaginary format called software. Given that we can debate what the definition of “is” is, estimating when some […]

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Good Agile Metrics or Working Software

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As agile coaches, we use and value metrics as an objective way to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of teams that we are coaching. When we first engage with a new team, we conduct an agile assessment of the team’s capabilities that results in a baseline metric that pinpoints exactly where we should focus our […]

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Don’t Estimate Stories In Sprint Planning

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This is part three in a series on estimating. Part one was “Don’t Estimate Software Defects” and Part two was “Don’t Estimate Spikes”. I don’t estimate stories in sprint planning. Nor do I re-estimate stories in sprint planning. I estimate stories in a separate estimating meeting and usually at least a couple sprints in advance, […]

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Lack of Predictability: Your Biggest Problem

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What I’m seeing at many of my clients is an inability to know what will be completed in the next release. This shows up as missed dates and frustration over broken commitments and “unreliable teams”. When the executives inquire, they get finger pointing and non-answers, such as “the 3rd party software was late” or “software […]

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