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Measuring Outcomes with the Mobius Framework

by Ben Linders on  Nov 06, 2014

In stead of feature farming, we need to deliver better outcomes and focus on the business results that we need to deliver. Measurements should provide insight into the outcomes because that is what is important. The Mobius loop can be used to define appropriate measurements.

Using Complexity Measurements to Improve Software Quality

by Ben Linders on  Oct 24, 2014

Complexity is a direct indicator of software quality and costs: if the complexity for any code is high, the quality of that code will be lower and it will cost more to manage it. Complexity measurements can be used to estimate development and test activities and to decide where refactoring is needed to improve quality and prevent problems.

Getting your Quality Management System Used

by Ben Linders on  Oct 20, 2014

Creating and maintaining a Quality Management System (QMS) can be difficult, certainly when organizations have multiple product lines where different regulations and standards are applicable. InfoQ interviewed Willem van den Biggelaar about the benefits of having a QMS, dealing with multiple regulations, assuring adherence, how a QMS can support agility and deploying a QMS in an agile way.

Concerns about Measuring Velocity for Team Improvement

by Ben Linders on  Apr 03, 2014

Agile teams measure the velocity of their sprints. It helps them to plan and track their progress and provides insight for product owners to plan product releases. Can teams also use velocity data when they want to improve themselves? Several authors have written about velocity and shared their concerns on measuring velocity to improve the productivity of teams.

Measuring the Value of Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Mar 27, 2014

When defining a business case for adopting agile, the question can arise how you can measure the business value that can be delivered using agile software development.

Working with Investors as a Lean Startup

by Ben Linders on  Mar 13, 2014

Entrepreneurs using lean startup can work with investors to raise capital for their business. Business plans from lean startups often differ from traditional startups and lean startup encourages learning from failure and to pivot, which might scare off investors. Can entrepreneurs and investors together use the lean startup approach to do fundraising?

A Tool Atlas for the Enterprise Developer

by Abel Avram on  Dec 19, 2013

VisionMobile has created an interactive map of more than 500 tools covering all aspects of enterprise software development: integration, development, testing, deployment, measuring, and marketing&monetization. The map provides a few descriptive paragraphs outlining the strengths of each tool, the idea being to offer developers a quick guide for choosing the right tool for the job.

How to Measure and Analyze Happiness

by Ben Linders on  Jan 31, 2013

Companies have reported that focusing on things that make their employees happy can give benefits. But how can you measure and analyze employee happiness? Some insights in the why of happiness, and the results and lessons learned from those who used it.

The Questions when Measuring Agile Adoption

by Craig Smith on  Oct 25, 2011

There have been numerous attempts over the years to determine the best way to measure the effectiveness of an Agile adoption. Some recent articles have reignited the debate around the most useful metrics.

What Agile Metrics Should We Report?

by Dan Puckett on  Nov 08, 2010 7

Good measurements support good management. So what metrics should be sent up through the management chain so management can best support Agile software development processes?

Sprint Burndowns - Are We Measuring the Wrong Things?

by Mark Levison on  Sep 22, 2010 22

Does a the traditional Sprint Burndown chart help the team? A number of Scrum teams find that tracking task hours hides the true state of the sprint and prefer other tools.

Estimating Business Value

by Chris Sims on  Jan 04, 2010 2

The traditional agile approach to prioritization is that user stories of higher business value should be implemented before ones of lower business value. The concept is simple, but implementing it well relies on having a mechanism to assess business value. Pascal Van Cauwenberghe has recently described an approach to defining business value, called "Business Value Modeling", which may help.

What is a Good Agile Metric?

by Mark Levison on  Nov 05, 2009 3

What is an appropriate Agile Metric? If traditional measures like: Earned Value, Hours Worked, Lines of Code, Code Coverage for Tests are not well suited to Agile Projects, then what is? What rules can we define that will help us choose good Agile metrics?

Measuring Agile Performance with the Agile Triangle

by Vikas Hazrati on  Aug 25, 2009 3

Traditional software development teams were supposed to work within the confines of the software 'Iron triangle'. The three sides of the triangle are Scope, Schedule and Cost. Jim Highsmith suggested that the Iron triangle, imposes a lot of constraints on the flexibility of the Agile teams and suggested an alternate Agile Triangle.

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