Better Metrics for Agile Teams
About the Book
Time and time again, I find teams struggling with Velocity as a genuinely helpful metric. In most cases, it is at best a weak tool for planning work and more often a poor tool for indicating what work will be done by when. In "Escape Velocity" we consider better alternatives to Velocity as a metric.
Table of Contents
- This Book
- The Title
- The Author
What is Velocity?
- Velocity is a Vector
- Velocity is a Lagging Indicator
- Velocity as a Measure of a Complex System
- Velocity By Way of Analogy
- Before We Get Started
- Demand for Higher Velocity
- Cross-team Velocity Comparisons
- Estimation Teams
- Estimating in Time
- Comparing Estimates to Actuals
- Measuring Individual Velocity
- Iteration Packing
Potential Side Effects of Metrics
- The Hawthorne Effect
- Goodhart’s Law
- Friedman’s Thermostat
- Perverse Incentives
- Velocity Should Stabilize
- But What If Velocity Doesn’t Stabilize?
- Poor Story Composition
- Dependencies on Other Teams or Individuals
- Too Much Work In Process
- Various Forms of Mismanagement
- Lead Time
- Cycle Time
- Cumulative Flow Diagrams
- Delivery Frequency
- Code Quality
- Team Joy
- Outcomes Over Outputs
- Feature Use
Looking for Correlations
- Scatter Diagrams
- A Starting Point
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