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Measuring in Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Oct 26, 2015

At the Agile Tour London 2015 Doug Talbot gave a talk titled "Do you know how fast you're going?". InfoQ interviewed him about difficulties with estimation and planning, the measurements that agile teams use, objectively measuring productivity, his view on the #NoEstimates movement, and asked him for ideas that can help teams to make measurement more meaningfully.

Impact of Splitting User Stories on the Original Estimates

by Savita Pahuja on  Aug 14, 2015 1

Product backlog refinement is a practice in which product backlog items are split and often re- estimated. This post is based on user story splitting and re-estimations.

Delivering Value on Time by Using #NoEstimates

by Ben Linders on  May 21, 2015 2

Vasco Duarte suggests that people should experiment with #NoEstimates to learn and find ways in which it can help them to deliver value on time and under budget. He is writing a book on #NoEstimates in which he explains why estimation does not work and how you can use #NoEstimates to manage projects.

Agile, DevOps and Eating Your Own Dogfood

by Ben Linders on  May 18, 2015

An interview with Yaniv Yehuda, Co-Founder and CTO of DBmaestro, about how they are doing agile development and using DevOps, how they implemented continuous delivery, on agile practices that turned out to be difficult to implement, and the benefits that they are getting for using agile and DevOps practices.

Measuring the Business Value in Agile Projects

by Savita Pahuja on  Mar 27, 2015

Technique of "value points" to determine the value delivered by any software project.

Decision Making Strategies of No Estimates

by Savita Pahuja on  Mar 23, 2015

Debbie Madden and Vasco Duarte share their views on no-estimates.

Using Objectives and Key Results in a Results-Only Work Environment Company

by Ben Linders on  Mar 10, 2015 3

Matt Rogish talked about using Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) for company, team, and personal goal setting at the No Pants Festival 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium. InfoQ interviewed Rogish about what OKRs are and how you can use them, their strengths and pitfalls, doing annual performance reviews and managing people with numerical goals, and starting with OKRs.

No Estimation in Small And Large Scale Agile Projects

by Savita Pahuja on  Feb 13, 2015 1

This post covers the value of estimation in large and small scale projects and views on no estimation.

Evidence-Based Managing of Software Development

by Ben Linders on  Jan 29, 2015

If organizations want to make informed management decisions to maximize the delivered value they will need to gather evidence about value says Gunther Verheyen. InfoQ interviewed Gunther about evidence based software management and finding evidence, how Scrum relates to evidence-based managing, challenges in scaling agile, and advice for enterprises that want to adopt Scrum.

Velocity-Driven Versus Commitment-Driven Sprint Planning

by Savita Pahuja on  Nov 13, 2014

There are different opinions for conducting sprint planning. Long debate is happening between velocity driven sprint planning and commitment driven sprint planning. Mike Cohn, founder of Mountain Goat Software, shared his views in his recent blog on Why I Prefer Commitment-Driven Sprint Planning.

Empirical Measurement of Cycle Time by Slicing Heuristic

by Savita Pahuja on  Sep 08, 2014 2

Agile teams which use noestimates, can use slicing heuristic to empirically measure cycle time to help them predict how much, can be done before doing the actual work.

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.

New Scrum Kickoff Planner Aims To Help Agile Teams Start on The Right Track

by Craig Smith on  Oct 24, 2012 1

A new "Scrum Kickoff Planner" has just been released by Adam Weisbart with the aim of facilitating team discussion around the important facets of starting a new Agile team or project.

The Planning Poker Prevents Fallacies in Effort Estimates

by Michael Stal on  Aug 10, 2012 15

In his recent blog posting “Planning Poker: Avoiding Fallacies in Effort Estimate” Hayim Makabee discusses a common problem of effort estimation called planning fallacy and why planning poker helps to avoid it.

Is Velocity Killing Agile?

by Michael Floyd on  Nov 04, 2011 1

Velocity, the measure of work completed by the team divided by the time taken to complete it, is increasingly being used to manage the productivity of a team and as a comparison between teams. Jim Highsmith, Mark Levison, and Scott Ambler discuss the misuse of velocity as a productivity measure.

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