We continue to transverse the Agile “matrix.”  While the next five indicators that you are living a virtual version of Agile there is always hope that we can see through the mirage.  Quoting the Morpheus in the Matrix,

Neo, sooner or later you’re going to realize just as I did that there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”

The next five indications that you are living in the virtual Agile world are: (more…)

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A New Copy!

Today we tackle Chapter 7 of  Daniel S. Vacanti’s Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction (buy a copy today).  The chapter is titled, Conservation of Flow Part I.  The flow of work into and out of a process is incredibly important for establishing predictability.  Chapter 7 explains the concept of conservation of flow mentioned (almost in passing) in Chapter 6. (more…)

Getting the most value out of a process is important to any leader.  Balancing getting the most value with getting value sooner complicates the discussion.  In some cases, getting some value sooner is worth more than the same value delivered later.  Guiding the delivery of value is more complicated than a rank ordering a list of user stories and then magically hoping that everything will happen in the most effective and efficient manner possible.  Measurement is an important tool to help team and organizations ask the right questions.  To borrow an idea from Daniel Vacanti’s Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability, measurement helps people ask the right questions sooner.  The following 6 flow metrics provide process transparency into organizations that leverage continuous flow, scrumban, and/or Scrum as the basis for their Agile implementations.  (more…)

A New Copy!

Today we tackle Chapter 6 of  Daniel S. Vacanti’s Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: Interpreting CFDs.  Learning to read CFDs provide teams and individuals with a huge amount of information through data visualization.  Chapter 6 continues to build on flow metrics data visualization and Little’s Law. Remember to buy your copy today and read along! (more…)

Cycle time?

In a recent discussion of Agile metrics, I was asked whether there was a difference between cycle time and throughput.  The simplest answer is that they “feel” similar. Many in software measurement define throughput as the number of units of work (UoW) delivered per unit of time; while cycle time is the amount of time per unit of work (as defined in Actionable Agile Metrics).  The two metrics are the reciprocal of each other. These definitions are functional; however, the cycle time metric is an abridgment of the how the measure is defined in the broader process measurement world.  With the profusion of lean six sigma black belts in the software measurement world lack of precision in the definitions can lead to comical misunderstanding.  Cycle time, with and without lead time, tell interesting but very different stories and are both useful.   (more…)

A New Copy!

Today we begin Part 2 of  Daniel S. Vacanti’s Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability. Part 2 is titled Cumulative Flow DIagrams for Predictability. Chapter 4, Introduction to CFDs lays out the Vacanti’s view on the composition of cumulative flow diagrams (CFD) and the principles that drive those views. Cumulative flow diagrams are some of the most powerful data visualization techniques and are used far less than they should be! Buy your copy today and read along!

Part 2 Cumulative flow diagrams for predictability

Chapter 4 Introduction to CFDs.

The Software Process and Measurement blog has tackled CFDs in the past. CFDs provide a basis for interpreting the flow of work through a process. A CFD can help everyone from team members to program managers (note I think my understanding and experience would suggest updating and tailoring some parts of the older entries on the topic). Vacanti opens Chapter 4 with the concept: (more…)

A New Copy!

Today we tackle Chapter 2 of  Daniel S. Vacanti’s Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability. Chapter 2 is titled The Basic Metrics of Flow.  The concept of flow is critical to predictability.   Buy your copy today and read along! (more…)