The three most important things in Agile: velocity, velocity, and velocity – part 1 in a series
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We all know velocity to be the number of story points a team can successfully complete per sprint. Velocity is a thing of beauty. Let’s take a moment to ponder it.
Average Velocity isn’t just a measure. It is a metric. The difference? As I define it, a metric is a series of measures over time. Velocity is a measure of complexity per sprint. As a measure, Average Velocity is the total velocity for N sprints divided by N. As a metric, Average Velocity is found by looking at the velocity N sprints and then divide by N. The ability to look at the contributing values to the average turns out to be far better, as we will set later in the series.
Average velocity is all goodness because we can predict interesting things. Over the coming weeks, I will discuss velocity as it relates to the topics below. We will explore the value, methods, and uses of predictability.
If you have a velocity related question or topic, please post it. I can always extend the list.
PART 3 IS NOW AVAILABLE!!
Up coming topics in the Velocity@Scale series
A look into drivers for variance in the types of velocity, how to measure it, how to reduce it if needed.
A look into ‘leaning’ heavy weight project management metrics
If a team has a speed, it can speed up or slow down.
How can we measure and control that?
How and when to use some Six Sigma techniques.
What characterizes a high performance team?
What does a high performance team do to the current and future ‘stock’ value of a project?
M Kevin McHugh