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Posted by Diego Lo Giudice on September 11, 2013
Within the modern applications era, regardless of whether new software applications are being developed and delivered for mobile, tablets, or the Web, the truly successful app-dev leaders will be those who focus on delivering constant value and incremental improvement to their business. That is a totally different perspective from “I need to keep control of my team’s productivity to make sure that we stick to our estimated costs, scope, and project dates.” Of course, the interest in cost is never going away, but app-dev leaders today have a great chance to enhance their conversation with executives and business stakeholders and add value to the conversation.
However, as the recent research I just published, Agile Metrics That Matter, proves, while some of the most advanced Agile teams do use new progress, quality, efficiency, and value/benefits metrics (these to a lesser degree), some software development industry luminaries have worked and are working on new methods to measure value in software development. But it’s still early days!
I’d like to summarize here some good old practices on establishing metrics that count together with some of the new findings of the research:
The time has come not only to define the right metrics, but to use them in the right way: to improve, fix and adapt your AD&D delivery process to increase value to the business!
BTW, this is the last report of the Agile and Lean playbook to go live. The playbook is now complete, and we will soon start updating and refreshing it. Your comments on what you would like to see us work on in the playbook are really welcome!
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