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Metrics you won't hate in software development

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Did you know that tracking and sharing agile metrics can reduce confusion and shine a light on the teams progress and setbacks throughout the development cycle? In an agile development, it is important to track both business metrics and agile metrics. Business metrics focus on whether the solution is meeting the market need, and agile metrics measure aspects of the development process. Below are are metrics to put in mind during software product development.

Sprint burndown
Scrum teams organize development into time boxed sprints. Sprint enables the team to forecast how much work they can complete at a certain given timeline. A sprint burndown report then tracks the completion of work throughout the sprint. The goal of this metric is to have all forecasted work completed at the end of the sprint.

Velocity
It is the average amount of work a scrum team completes during a given timeline or sprint, measured in either story points or hours and is very useful for forecasting. It can be used by the Product Owner to predict how quickly a team can work through the backlog, because the report tracks the forecasted and complete work over several iterations.The more iterations the more accurate the forecast.

Control chart
Focuses on the cycle time of individual issues- the total time from “in progress” to “done”. Teams with shorter cycle ties are likely to have higher throughput. Measuring time is an efficient and flexible way to improve a team's process because the results of changes are discernable almost immediately, allowing them to make any further adjustments right away. The goal of this metric is to have a consistent and short cycle time, regardless of the type of work, for example a new feature.

Cumulative flow diagram

Use cumulative flow diagram to check that kanban teams are having a consistent flow of work avoiding shortages and bottlenecks. The cumulative flow diagram should look smooth (ish). Bubbles or gaps in any one indicates shortage or bottlenecks.

In conclusion, metrics are just part in building teams culture. They give quantitative insight into the teams performance and provide measurable goals for them. From www.trendpro.co.ke

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