Re: [scrumdevelopment] Re: Metrics to report up
- Hello, Doug. On Tuesday, November 2, 2010, at 7:23:00 AM, you
> O.K., I can see the issues with comparative performanceWhat measures have you happily used for your non-Agile teams?
> assessment. That said, though, we're back to what is the real
> question: how can management quantitatively measure team's
> performance, again with the objective of determining whether they
> need to improve? LOC, Function Points, Velocity; etc all have
> their problems. Is the consensus for Agile dev processes that
> there simply ISN'T any "quantitative" measure that holds up; Only
> "qualitative" measures (such as Sprint reviews doing demos, etc.)?
> Can anybody point to any blogs/posts/books discussing the topic of
> performance assessment for agile teams?
Why not just use those?
Don't confuse more exact with better. -- Brian Marick
- I have come across this scenario very often (almost 95% products/projects) in which defects escape and I have seen this irrespective of methodologies (or practices) used. Human can make mistakes (at every phase/activity) for various reasons however we would like to keep improving ourselves continuously. We measure 'defects escaped' and take it seriously, means, we get to the root cause and invest in required trainings/expectations.
We focus on design & code quality metrics, like, cyclomatic complexity, fan-in, fan-out, depth (inheritance) and run some code quality tools to check coding standard compliance and other parameters (like, memory leakage etc). We report this to management as well to keep them in loop. We measure test related metrics, like, # of test cases (manual vs automated), first time pass ratio, # of defects (open, fixed, closed, postponed) etc.
We do not focus much on velocity, thanks to this forum. We track release burn down, # of stories committed / # of stories achieved (to keep improving team's commitment level), # of demos accepted/ rejected by PO, # of times team got changes in middle of sprint (it is minimal but not zero yet, this helps in deciding sprint length, puts back-pressure on PO) and few more (customer satisfaction and employee satisfaction).
For us, agile is mix of Scrum and XP practices hence we focus on both.
Hariprakash Agrawal (Hari),
Managing Director | Agile Coach | http://opcord.com | http://www.linkedin.com/in/hariprakash
Software Testing (QTP, Selenium, JMeter, AutoIT, Sahi, NUnit, VB/Java Script, Manual) || Consulting / Trainings (Agile, CMMi, Six Sigma, Project Management, Software Testing)On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 9:11 PM, Ron Jeffries <ronjeffries@...> wrote:
Hello, woynam. On Monday, December 13, 2010, at 10:12:25 AM, you
wrote:It is possible, and not all that unlikely, to miss a test or write
> Sorry, but I don't see how "defects" can escape. If you're
> writing automated tests for every story, an "escaped" defect means
> that you ignored the failing test. Is that really that common?
one incorrectly. It would be possible, I suppose, to define Done as
"passes whatever tests we wrote" but that strikes me as a bit too
So an escaped defect would be something we didn't like, that we
agree we understood and somehow failed to get implemented and
tested.Sorry about your cow ... I didn't know she was sacred.