Escape Velocity
Escape Velocity
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Escape Velocity

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Last updated on 2018-03-29

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

  • Dedication
  • Forward
  • Preface
  • About This Book
    • Roadmap
  • About The Title
  • About the Author
  • What is Velocity?
    • Velocity is a vector
    • Velocity is a lagging indicator
    • Velocity is a measure of a complex system
    • Velocity by way of analogy
  • Velocity Anti-Patterns
    • Before we get started
    • Demand for Higher Velocity
    • Cross-Team Velocity Comparisons
    • Estimation Teams
    • Estimating in Time
    • Measuring Individual Velocity
    • Comparing Estimates to Actuals
    • Iteration Packing
  • Potential Side Effects of Metrics
    • The Hawthorne Effect
    • Goodhart’s Law
    • Friedman’s Thermostat
    • Perverse Incentives
  • Variable Velocity
    • Velocity Should Stabilize
    • But What If Velocity Doesn’t Stabilize?
    • Dependencies on Other Teams or Individuals
    • Too Much Work In Process
    • Silos
    • Various Forms of Mismanagement
  • Other Metrics
    • Cycle Time
    • Lead Time
    • Delivery Frequency
    • Flow Efficiency
    • Code Quality
    • Team Joy
  • Customer Metrics
    • Outcomes over Outputs
    • Feature Use
    • Revenue Generated
    • Net Promoter Score and Customer Satisfaction
  • Looking for Correlations
    • Scatter Diagrams
  • Balanced Metrics
    • A starting point
  • Acknowledgements
  • Notes

About the Author

Doc Norton
Doc Norton

Doc is passionate about working with teams to improve delivery and building great organizations. Once a dedicated code slinger, Doc has turned his energy toward helping teams, departments, and companies work better together in the pursuit of better software. Working with a wide range of companies such as Groupon, Nationwide Insurance, Belly, and many others, Doc has applied tenants of agile, lean, systems thinking, and host leadership to develop highly effective cultures and drastically improve their ability to deliver valuable software and products.

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