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Tuesday, August 6 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Agile Metrics, Velocity is NOT the goal (Michael Norton) FULL

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Velocity is one of the most common metrics used—and one of the most commonly misused—on agile projects. Velocity is simply a measurement of speed in a given direction—the rate at which a team is delivering toward a product release. As with a vehicle en route to a particular destination, increasing the speed may appear to ensure a timely arrival. However, that assumption is dangerous because it ignores the risks with higher speeds. And while it’s easy to increase a vehicle’s speed, where exactly is the accelerator on a software team? In this session, you'll learn about the Hawthorne Effect and Goodhart's Law help us see that setting goals for velocity is actually detrimental to the team. We'll then dive into team issues that can negatively impact velocity, ways to stabilize fluctuating velocity, and methods to improve velocity without the risks. You'll leave with a toolkit of additional metrics that, coupled with velocity, give a better view of the project’s overall health.

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Doc Norton

Doc is passionate about working with teams to improve delivery and building great organizations. Once a dedicated code slinger, Doc has turned his energy toward helping teams, departments, and companies work better together in the pursuit of better software. Working with a wide range of companies such as Groupon, Nationwide Insurance, Belly, and many others, Doc has applied tenants of agile, lean, systems thinking, and servant leadership to... Read More →

Tuesday August 6, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
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