## Re: [XP] Don't let them see our velocity?

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• ... Right. Upper management might prefer something like profit/loss. Whoever figures out a good way to translate velocity into profit flow will make billions.
Message 1 of 342 , Jan 1, 2008
On Dec 31, 2007, at 01:22 , Charlie Poole wrote:

> Hi Ron,
>
> > >> Isn't the velocity of the one team ten, and the other twenty?
> >
> > > I don't know what the velocity of either team is. If each team
> > > estimated each of their stories as one point each, then yes.
> >
> > > What are the odds of that?
> >
> > Oh come on you guys. Same stories, all things equal except:
> > one team does ten, other does twenty. However we calculate
> > velocity, one will be twice the other, and the reason will be
> > that they ARE twice as productive.
> >
> > One reason people ask for velocity is that in appropriate
> > aggregates, it really does track productivity. Or so it seems to me.
> > If this is true ... then what?
>
> Actually, since we measure quantity of work in terms of some estimate
> velocity tracks a ratio. That doesn't make the statistic useless - for
> our purposes of estimation it's quite useful. It just isn't the pure
> measure that would normally be wanted by upper management.
>
Right. Upper management might prefer something like profit/loss.
Whoever figures out a good way to translate velocity into profit flow
will make billions.
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J. B. (Joe) Rainsberger :: http://www.jbrains.ca
JUnit Recipes: Practical Methods for Programmer Testing
2005 Gordon Pask Award for contribution Agile Software Practice
• Hello, Ilja. On Saturday, February 16, 2008, at 6:23:42 PM, you ... Well, it sounds like it would take a pretty narrow set of ideas on how to improve
Message 342 of 342 , Feb 16, 2008
Hello, Ilja. On Saturday, February 16, 2008, at 6:23:42 PM, you
wrote:

> I expect this to increase our velocity in the middle run. And I'm all
> for measuring it.

> I doubt we would have even tried this event if we had focused on
> improving velocity.

> How does that sound to you?

Well, it sounds like it would take a pretty narrow set of ideas on
how to improve velocity. In a discussion on that, I would hope that
ideas like learning, better tools, higher morale, and better
communication would come up.

Ron Jeffries
www.XProgramming.com
Anyone can make the simple complicated.
Creativity is making the complicated simple. -- Charles Mingus
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