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Velocity is not the Goal

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Simple slide deck for a talk around velocity, how it should be used on a project, the common mistakes we make, why setting targets for velocity is a poor practice, and how to fix "bad" velocity.

Simple slide deck for a talk around velocity, how it should be used on a project, the common mistakes we make, why setting targets for velocity is a poor practice, and how to fix "bad" velocity.

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Velocity is not the Goal Velocity is not the Goal Presentation Transcript

  • Velocity is NOT the GoalMichael “Doc” Norton  doc@leandog.com  @docondev19-Oct-2011
  • You can’t manage what you can’tmeasure. - ???
  • You can’tmanage whatyou can’tmeasureDr. Deming
  • You can’tmanage whatyou can’tmeasureDr. Deming
  • Running acompany onvisible figuresaloneDr. Deming’s Seven Deadly Diseases ofWestern Management
  • What’s “Agile” Velocity?Units of Work Delivered over TimeShould Have Been Called Speed
  • Trailing IndicatorTells us something happened
  • More Velocity?Do We Always Want To Go Faster?
  • Goodhart’s Law
  • Goodhart’s LawWhen a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure
  • Hawthorne EffectStudy done in 1924
  • Velocity Code QualityBalanced MetricsThe Hurrier I Go, The Behinder I Get
  • Unstable Velocity
  • Unstable VelocityWhat does an unstable velocity mean?
  • Poor Story Composition
  • Poor Story CompositionThe larger the story, the greater the risk
  • Too Much WIP
  • Too Much WIPYou can’t do it all at once
  • Dependencies on Other Teams
  • Dependencies on Other Teams
  • What is the Goal?
  • What is the Goal?