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5 To-Do’s for Successful Agile Software Development

Though there are tons of metrics to measure the progress of agile projects, all of them may not be applicable. In this article at Target Process, Sonya Hansen discusses 5 essential metrics for successful agile software development.

Agile Software Development: 5 To-Do Metrics

The author claims these metrics as ‘practical’ as they are aligned with the Agile Manifesto itself. Following are the 5 metrics for your successful agile software development:

  1. Net Promoter Score (NPS): NPS is the ultimate measurement for your agile software development. It has a single question of how likely the user is to recommend the product to a friend. Subtract the negative percentage from the positive to get the result. You can use NPS as verbatim analysis by sending the users open-ended questions. MeasuringU then lists the user comments under themes like ‘less cluttered,’ ‘faster loading,’ ‘more items,’ Share the report internally and work on the deficiencies to receive a better feedback next time around.
  2. Time to Market (TTM): This metric is easier to measure with project management tool. The most probable question, as per the author, is “So what’s our company goal for time to market?” Agile expert Esther Derby warns that setting a target make people take shortcuts instead of delivering quality work. This KPI, however, lets you understand if your organization is ready to take up the next venture.
  3. Team Health Check: If your workers are happy with their jobs, they are more productive and innovative as well as better team player and decisionmaker. Spotify’s Squad Health Check allows teammates to indicate their mood in green, yellow, or red. They can also show the progress of their current happiness quotient with arrows.
  4. Sprint Burndown: This metric checks if your team is working enough to produce deliverables as per scheduled and quality. It shows the amount and the speed at which the teammates are working towards the finish line. It predicts the time they will finish it so that you can remove any backlog and prevent scope creep.
  5. Defect Trends: While some use passive metrics like customer satisfaction, an agile team can use hard data to measure software quality. Measure the number of bugs the team identified and resolved during the development phase. The rate at which you find out and resolve bugs will display the defect trend in your team.

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