56309Re: How to increase velocity
- Nov 30 11:10 PMCass,
I don't agree with this at all.
If a team is inspecting and adapting, constantly improving their practises and themselves, then their velocity will go up. Not indefinitely of course, but until a team reaches high performance, which my experience tells me takes a long time, their velocity will gradually increase.
So, instead of using the analogy of a generator, use one of a NASCAR. Until the driver hits his groove, making the turns at the right speed, the right angle in and out, his speed will continue to increase.
--- In email@example.com, Cass Dalton <cassdalton73@...> wrote:
> Trying to increase the velocity means that you've fallen into the illusion
> of control mind trap. You can't change velocity. It is inherent in the
> team and their ability to work the stories. As long as the team is
> estimating stories honestly and consistently and the team makeup does not
> change, the true team velocity will be effectively a constant. The team
> can inflate the estimates, thus inflating the velocity, but that's just
> smoke and mirrors. But this is one of the major benefits of Scrum from a
> manager's perspective: Scrum gives you visibility into the team's ability
> to deliver. Good managers know that a good team will deliver what it can
> when it can. Scrum gives a rough measure of that performance in the
> velocity metric, so good managers know that a good team's velocity can't be
> increased. Velocity is a read-only parameter. It's like saying my
> generator's maximum output is 10 kilowatts, but all my gadgets together
> require 12 KW, how do I increase my generator's output?. You don't. You
> can do things like drive the generator's gas motor harder for a little
> while (i.e. overtime), but you will incur maintenance costs quickly if that
> is sustained for any period of time. You can try to run all the gadgets,
> but you will degrade all of your electronics with low quality line power
> (i.e. buggy and half baked features). You can buy a second generator, but
> how you connect the two generators may incur power loss if it's not done
> right. So the best thing is to realize that you won't be able to power all
> your gadgets. Once you make that realization, life becomes much simpler.
> It is these decisions that make managers great.
> On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 6:05 AM, Anand Mahadevan <anand_kasi@...>wrote:
> > **
> > There is no magic to increase the velocity, not sure why they are very
> > much interested in increasing the velocity rather than getting a shippable
> > product.
> > But if the management and your boss is only interested in increasing the
> > velocity then ask your teams to estimate all PBI's as (even the smaller
> > ones) Large & XL & XXL and your management would automatically see
> > increased velocity from your teams. * if they are only interested in
> > Velocity then we can not stop them from fooling them*
> > Thanks,
> > Anand
> > <http://anand4agile.blogspot.in/>
> > ------------------------------
> > *From:* brian_bofu <brian_bofu@...>
> > *To:* firstname.lastname@example.org
> > *Sent:* Wednesday, 28 November 2012 3:08 PM
> > *Subject:* [scrumdevelopment] How to increase velocity
> > Your boss wants your team to deliver certain functionality by a certain
> > date (deadline), but your velocity is unable to achieve that. What
> > options/suggestions do you have for your management who really want this to
> > get done? More people? Overtime? What else to increase the velocity?
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