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.

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  • Lack of constancy of purpose\nEmphasis on short term profits\nEvaluation of performance, merit rating, or annual review\nMobility of top management\nRunning a company on visible figures alone\nExcessive medical costs\nExcessive legal damage awards\n
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  • Like Unemployment\nwhen unemployment rises it means the economy has been doing poorly\n
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  • Charles Goodhart\n1975 Paper - Chief Economic Advisor for Bank of England\n\n
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  • Velocity is not the Goal

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

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