This podcast features LeadingAgile SVP and Executive Consultant John Tanner who joins Dave Prior to discuss how to take on a “Goal-Question-Metric” (GQM) approach to gaining clarity on how well Agile is being employed across the organization. Last Spring at Agile Day Atlanta, John led a session called “The GQM Approach to Agile Metrics”. The session was very well received and when we posted the video of John’s presentation and the slide deck he used, there was a great response and we thought it was worth digging a little deeper on.
01:08 Interview Begins
02:18 Three distinct ways of looking at metrics
05:22 What is GQM and how does it work?
06:14 How does an organization know if they are asking the right questions?
08:33 How to know if your questions are well formed
10:00 How do we collect the data?
12:37 Interpreting the data
13:29 Metrics are not the answer. They are just data points that need to be investigated
16:29 Debating whether it is okay to ask the team NOT to work extra hours
17:47 The metrics are very seductive and can create an illusion of understanding
19:48 In their sexy Monopoly pajamas rolling around in money
21:00 GQM and Agile
22:09 For coaches – how to help your customer figure out what their goals actually are
23:25 Contacting John
24:08 Podcast Ends
Blog Post w/ Video and Slides: https://www.leadingagile.com/2017/05/agile-metrics-gqm-approach/
The GQM Book Referred to in the Podcast:
Aligning Organizations Through Measurement: The GQM+Strategies Approach (The Fraunhofer IESE Series on Software and Systems Engineering)