TL; DR: The Agile Metrics Survey 2020
Let’s stop guessing and start crowdsourcing data and information on this critical topic: Who is using what metrics under which context to what success? Participate in the agile metrics survey now.
Update 2020-07-21: We reopened the survey! We have joined forces with empiriks.de, a German consultancy specializing in statistical analysis, and we plan to take the study to the next level. The Agile Metrics Survey already complies with academic standards. However, what we need now is more participants to improve the sample size. So far, we have 535 contributors; let’s strive for 1,000 contributions. A first article based on the preliminary findings is already in the works. I will keep you posted!
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Usually, we start an initiative, a project, or a new product by defining what success would look like and how we would learn that we are successful. Which immediately points at metrics of all kinds. This approach is not different for any other attempt to become agile—at least that is the way it should be.
I do believe that real data supports any agile transformation — or whatever you like to call it. This is the reason that I propose that we join forces, allocate ten minutes of our lives each to participate in an anonymous survey whose results will be available to everyone, and figure out: Who is using what agile metrics in which context to get a better understanding of how becoming agile is progressing at a team level or within an organization?
Instantly, numerous categories of metrics come to mind, such as flow metrics, DevOps metrics, or business metrics, including the corresponding anti-patterns. (What are the worst agile metrics you have heard of or used? My favorite anti-pattern of a useful metric is still story points per developer per Sprint.)
Hence previously, I asked for your support to design the survey, and 80 people participated, answering two main questions:
- What metrics have you used in the past, or are you using now that you consider useful?
- What metrics do you consider useless, and for what reason?
I used the feedback as an additional input to create the Agile Metrics Survey 2020 questionnaire. The questionnaire is comprised of 15 questions and will take about ten minutes to complete. It is anonymous and provided by a Google form. (If your company’s firewall settings prevent you from using in Google form at work, please consider answering it at home.)