How to Measure Agile Performance

April 01, 2015

Intland-Software-Performance-Management-336x336 How to Measure Agile Performance agile One of biggest attractions of Agile Development is that it offers greater productivity whilst improving quality. The most popular version of Agile, Scrum is all about motivating teams with deadlines, putting the responsibility of pieces of work in the hands of individual programmers, thereby creating an element of ownership. Business loves the idea of greater efficiency with Agile but are often are put off by the required work cultural change necessary for it to be effectively implemented, – this is particularly a problem where management is concerned.

Without training, business managers tend to miss-use the tools for collaboration to micromanage. With training in how to be Agile they will understand why they must be more hands-off and at the same time realize that it provides them more control and transparency through the functionality that Agile software provides. In the use case of enterprise software development, performance management can be a challenge, and ALM software is vital because it often occurs in large teams, working remotely from home or from offices in different countries.

Performance Management: How can you be hands off and yet have more control?

ALM software features varies from provider to provider as does the integration of those features. If a feature is provided by yet-another plugin then this is bad, requiring additional resources that are often taken from elsewhere, slowing down the entire system. Ideally, performance management features should be provided as part of a integrated ALM platform, no additional plugins or hidden fees. The performance management feature of codeBeamer ALM provides the necessary control and transparency and is fully integrated.

Measure Agile Performance : How does codeBeamer ALM Software provide Performance Management?

During codeBeamer adoption for a project, a criterion for performance is established and this is then used as a benchmark for team members to work to. The system utilizes story points to estimate the likely time taken to complete a type of task, taking into consideration the typical complexity of the types of tasks in question. This is done for every type of task. Every team member must evaluate each task and place a value upon it and then, based on consensus its value in terms of time is fixed (point rating). Thereafter every task completed has a set value by which performance is rated. From this system you have a figure for every team member which can be compared month to month providing a way to track performance throughout the project.

5 Simple Steps to Measure Agile Performance with Story Points.

  • First step is to define workflow for the tracker
  • Establish the value of each story point in terms of time. It is critical that every team member is working to the same time scale (story point scale). For example: 1 story point = 30 minutes
  • Agree task story points for every type of task
  • When establishing a new task the assigned team member should specify a story point value, based on not just the typical time but also task complexity. This value can be changed later if it is not accepted by the team.
  • On a monthly basis calculate total points and compare to the previous month to determine progress when used in combination with Scrum practices of time boxing and daily standups (to review the work done in the previous day, what’s happening during the current day and what work is intended for the subsequent day)

Watch how our marketing team uses story points to measure the performance of the marketing team.

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Eva is an Economist (MSc) and also holds an MBA in Marketing Communications. She has over 10 years of experience in journalism, digital media communication and project management working with several multinational companies and governmental institutions. You will find her blogs posts on a variety of subjects from Agile-Waterfall Hybrid, Scrum to DevOps.

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