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Agile Metrics to Boost Project Performance

When you are already applying the agile methodology, why do you not leverage agile metrics as well? Organizations are heavily inclined towards adopting the approach because of its numerous advantages. However, they are not following the principles precisely, and that is creating performance issues. In this article at Project Bliss, Gilad David Maayan shares six agile metrics to help you boost your project’s performance and quality.

Agile Metrics to Swear By

According to the Agile Manifesto:

  • ‘Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working products over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan’

To reap the benefits of the agile, you must create a culture to enable it. A proactive approach helps you satisfy continuous learning and collaboration. For that, you must measure the progress with agile metrics. Here are the six parameters that should help you boost your project performance and quality:

Defects Missed

It calculates the number of issues end-users are facing in your product during the development stage. Based on the results, you can determine how efficient and valuable your application is. Though you should have zero escaped defects, keep the number as low as possible. Club it with defect density to have a granular understanding. Defect density reveals the number of issues you have in every coding line.

Burndown of Epics and Releases

These agile metrics explain how much work you are accomplishing per sprint or iteration. They are also early indicators of scope creep. So, always update these metrics with epics and releases predictions for better results.

Sprint Breakdown

Calculate the metric using user stories or work hours. You can always measure it by analyzing if your team is completing work early or late. If you are finishing tasks early frequently, you have not assigned enough work for a sprint and vice versa.

Cycle Time Measurement

These agile metrics tell you the time your team has spent on each task. The shorter the cycle time, the higher the output. If you see it trending for several sprints, you can consider this a benchmark to map upcoming time frames. Mix the metrics with work item age metrics to have a clear picture of ongoing and post-assignment achievement scenarios. Refer to similar cycle times to get better visibility of your project’s performance.

Velocity Calculation

What is the average of the work you have completed this sprint? That is the result this metric gives you. You can modify upcoming sprints based on the velocity of the current one. When your team becomes habituated with the tools, terminologies, methods, and processes, project velocity increases. Have a retrospective if it does otherwise.

Cumulative Flow Result

Though you cannot define as a metric, it is a ‘visualization of a combination of metrics’. Its results are based on lead and cycle time, velocity, and work in progress metrics.  

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