Faking Agile Metrics or Cooking the Agile Books

TL; DR: Faking Agile Metrics — An Eye-Opening Exercise

Imagine you’re a Scrum Master and the line manager of your team believes that the best sign for a successful agile transformation is a steady increase in the Scrum Team’s velocity. Moreover, if the team fails to deliver on that metric something is wrong with the Scrum Team. Alternatively, something is wrong with you as you are the Scrum Master and hence responsible for the team’s performance. (Apparently, not faking agile metrics, or being transparent in this case, does not seem to be valued here.)

Learn more about how to coach these kinds of line managers and help them overcome their preference for the industrial past with a simple exercise on how to cook the agile books.

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Agile Metrics Survey 2020 Design — I Need Your Help

The Agile Metrics — Who Is Using what Metrics?

The Agile Metrics Survey 2020 Design: Usually, we start an initiative or project 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 attempt to become agile, to turn into a learning organization—at least it should not be.

The question is which metrics have been proven to be successful in the past to support that approach. In other words: is there life beyond velocity?

Support the design of the Agile Metrics Survey 2020 by submitting your suggestions here.

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Food for Agile Thought #146: Finding Agile Metrics, Product Bets, Business Agility, Bad Pressure

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #146—shared with 17,791 peers—addresses finding agile metrics, how to play the product game safe and lose, and why BDD is an integral part of business agility.

We also ask yourselves: Should an agile coach rather be an organizational psychotherapist? Or what are you doing all day if you’re supporting a single team as a scrum master?

Lastly, our gut feeling is confirmed that innovation does not happen under pressure as well as that ‘saying yes’ is not scaling technique to build successful products. (Fortunately, there are also six ways how to accomplish growth without trying to be everybody’s darling.)

Have a great week!

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Food for Agile Thought #130: Corporate Agile Failure, Guide to Agile Metrics, Psychology Traps

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #130—shared with 14,911 peers—covers once more the corporate agile failure at legacy organizations. We like the guide to suitable agile metrics by XSCALE Alliance’s Leon Tranter, and we deal with how to scale and align a growing engineering team.

We then dive deep into the psychology of creating products: from confirmation bias, Kahneman’s systems 1 and 2, the benefits of listening to talking, persuasion techniques, to 25 cognitive biases.

Lastly, we remember the project management nightmare called ‘waterfall.’

Have a great week!

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Food for Agile Thought #127: Useless Agile Metrics, CD Works, Product Experiments, Fewer Product Managers

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #127—shared with 14,292 peers—covers useless agile metric; we learn common excuses why continuous delivery would not work, and how to organize a big room planning.

We then talk about signs of toxic team culture, how design thinking, agile and lean fit together, and what to do when a team fails to deliver at the end of a sprint.

Lastly, we learn why experiments do not just happen to the best organizations but perhaps create them, and what product thinking has to do with it.

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Food for Agile Thought #109: Agile Metrics Secrets, Agile Tribes, Going Faster, Product Adoption

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #109—shared with 11,473 peers—reveals agile metrics secrets, how to avoiding strangling innovation in your organization and asks: “Is Agile Doomed” as more agile tribes and factions appear.

We also share the best learnings from Mind the Product London 2017, how any organization can ‘speed up’ in the race of delivering value, and why falling in love with your ideas is not helpful in that respect.

Lastly, we understand how scaling Agile can work without sacrificing everything it stands for along the way — there is a short new introduction to Large-Scale Scrum available. (Thanks to Craig and Bas for organizing the LeSS Conference 2017 last week!)

Have a great week!

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