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In search of better velocity metrics

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Suggesting a series of velocity metrics that will spur productive conversations between development teams and product management.

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In search of better velocity metrics

  1. 1. VELOCITY METRICSIn search of velocity metricsthat spur better conversations.
  2. 2. BURN CHARTS Burndown Burnup R1points points beta alpha time time “How are we tracking against the scope?” Ideal burn Actual burn Velocity metrics for better conversations
  3. 3. Unless the software is released,all scope is assumed scope. Velocity metrics for better conversations
  4. 4. BURN CHART ANTI-PATTERNSManagement Does FeelsTeam Velocity metrics for better conversations
  5. 5. INSTEAD OF POINTSNumber of usersResponse timeCycle timeSuccess rateCompleteness... other? Velocity metrics for better conversations
  6. 6. NUMBER OF OF USERS Our growth Market growth Fast growthusers users T3 Stable growth T2 T1 now time now time “Is it a good idea? Is it the right time?” Benchmark Velocity metrics for better conversations Actual
  7. 7. APPLICATION RESPONSE TIME Trends Incident DetailsMilliseconds 3500 14000 Tolerance 3000 12000 2500 10000 2000 8000 1500 Goog/AMZN 6000 1000 4000 Tolerance 500 2000 Goog/AMZN 0 0 jan feb march april may 1:55 2:00 2:05 2:10 2:15 2:20 1/0/00 “Can we handle the projected user growth in 3,6, and 9 months from now?” Velocity metrics for better conversations
  8. 8. CYCLE TIME ideas Learn Build Data Product Verify/ Test“How fast can we respond to market changes and new insights?” Velocity metrics for better conversations
  9. 9. AVERAGE CYCLE TIME CurrentIteration Last Project Company avg 10 days 25 days 60 days Velocity metrics for better conversations
  10. 10. CYCLE/STORY VELOCITY Cycle time Total storiesdays time stories time Velocity metrics for better conversations
  11. 11. SUCCESS RATEProject Epics: verified/total Last 2 sprints Account Search Content Social Purchase Tracking .333 .500 .900 .200 .666 1.000 1/3 1/2 9/10 1/5 2/3 2/2 Project .666 .500 .900 .300 .500 .750 10/15 4/8 18/20 3/10 6/12 6/8 “Are we heading in the right direction? How good is our backlog? ” Velocity metrics for better conversations
  12. 12. FEATURE COMPLETENESS Standish 2002 Project Never, 0% Always Rarely, 10% 7% Always, 20 Often % 13%Never 45% Sometimes Sometimes 16% , 35% Often, 35% Rarely 19% “Are new stories used?” Velocity metrics for better conversations
  13. 13. Different projects, different metricsDifferent project stages, shift focus Velocity metrics for better conversations
  14. 14. SUMMARYMetric Discuss [Data points]Number of users Right value proposition? • User growth % Right time? • Market share • Referrals • Revenue • Usage frequency • …Response time Are we ready for the desired growth? • Browser load • App Transactions • Dbase operations • …Cycle time How responsive/Agile are we? • By major initiative When will we have more answers? • By feature • By story How much WIP/How much waste? • …Success rate Are we heading in the right direction? • Feature hypotheses How good is our backlog, analysis and execution? verified • … Are we in touch with the market?Completeness Should we keep investing in more scope? • Are new features used? Or start investing in other projects? • Are new feature options used? • … Velocity metrics for better conversations

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