Archive for the ‘Metrics’ Category

To Split or Not to Split, It’s Really Complicated.

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At our most recent sprint review, a team I’m coaching completed all but three stories. So at sprint review, we were trying to decide what to do with the stories and whether to move them into planning or split them. All three stories had outside dependencies. All three had completed tasks and two of them […]

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Should We Have a WIP Limit For Organizational Change?

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During a recent podcast interview, Russ Pena and I began talking about the impact of change on a product focused organization that is trying to adopt a more agile and innovation-centric mindset. Our conversation introduced a new topic that has been rattling around in my head since Russ and I spoke. I’m writing this post with the […]

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Can I Get Credit For That?

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In the last few weeks, I’ve been asked the same question over and over. Can I get credit for that? I’ve been consistent in my position that nobody outside the immediate team cares about the tasks and the hours associated with them. Nobody is keeping score.  Nobody wants to give you credit for anything, unless it’s going to make […]

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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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