Agile Metrics, the good the bad and the ugly

A session at Agile Tour Sydney 2013

Friday 29th November, 2013

10:45am to 11:45am (EST)

Metrics can be used to advantage or can also be used to the detriment of teams and an organisation's Agile success.
Good metrics should support an organisation's objectives, optimise learning, guide actions and decisions and be well understood.
Bad metrics, such as the 7 deadly sins of Agile Measurement, like using metrics as levers rather than for feedback to aid decisions are counter productive and lead to negative behaviours.

Session content:
I will look at several of the core Agile metrics used to measure success and help with understanding why the metric is desirable, and what metrics can tell us.
I will also look at the negative impacts of some of the Agile Metrics we are sometimes forced to capture, such as targeting velocity that can lead to gaming the system.

What's in it for the audience:
Understand some core metrics available and what they can tell us..
Ask the question Why you want it, What it will measure and How the information will be used
Understand the various metric categories and types of metrics that are available to you as well as some of the pitfalls to avoid with metrics.
Metrics guide economic decisions, can you really afford to not understand them?

About the speaker

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Steve Lawrence

Experienced Agile Practitioner, Coach & Trainer. Transforming companies for success.

Stephen has over 21 years of experience in business and IT. He has been a Customer Account

Manager, Program & Project Manager, Business Analyst, Systems Analyst, Trainer and Coach. His

experience encompasses International Banking and Finance, Fund Management, Insurance and

Telecommunications and Utilities.

Steve is a leading Agile coach and practitioner, he has been a lead coach to two of Australasia’s

largest corporate entitities and Agile Transformations. Steve also consults to a number of different

organisations and assists with Agile implementation at Scale through training and mentoring and

Agile coaching.

Steve has presented at various conferences on “Agile Project Management”, “Flavours of Agile”,

“Transitioning an Idea into a Real Project”, “Agile outside IT” and “Agile Metrics”

As a senior Agile consultant and Agile practitioner, Steve is passionate about scaling Agile across

the enterprise as well as providing the knowledge and skills for individual team success

Steve has the following professional certifications: Scaled Agile Framework Consultant (SPC)

2013, Scaled Agilist, (SA) 2013, Certified Scrum Master (2005), Certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP)

2008, Project Management Professional (PMP) 2005

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Time 10:45am11:45am EST

Date Fri 29th November 2013


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