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How the Efficiency of Agile Teams Can be Measured Using Metrics?

By CIOReview | Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Using Agile metrics has become a must for every enterprise. What role does it play in application development?

FREMONT, CA: Choosing the most effective Agile metrics in measuring application success is quite daunting. The metrics can become weapons of destruction if it is chosen wrong or if it ends up in the wrong hands.

However, with a good strategy in place, Agile metrics can prove to be a robust tool for sharing the progress of the team and detecting existing and probable roadblocks.

The following is a rundown of Agile objectives to help enterprises choose metrics that best suit their team.

1. Development quality metrics

Quality metrics deal with the quality of developed application, namely the number of defects explored either as a part of user feedback or during production.

In Agile, the development process is embedded with the QA mindset. The complete team takes responsibility for the application’s quality and organic enhancement in the quality of the software under process.

The following are some quality-focused Agile metrics to ascertain application quality being developed.

• Defect density: These are the number of defects identified in the software module within a specific duration, divided by the software size being developed.

• Escaped defects: These are the number of bugs that agile team encounters after a build, after completion of a sprint, or when the release enters the production.

• Failed deployments: These are the total number of deployments that are released into production and testing environments that fail.

2. Efficiency metrics and team productivity

These metrics help in discovering whether the estimated delivery of value to users is being conducted proficiently and predictably. These metrics delve particularly into the efficiency and productivity of the team’s development process.

The following are some of the points in the list of metrics for tracking the development and delivery of value speed in the application development process.

• Lead time: This refers to the time elapsed between the identification of a need and its fulfillment. It is the period between the user story’s formulation and its subsequent release.

• Sprint burndown: This is a graphical representation of predicted tasks planned and the completion of actual tasks.

• Flow efficiency: Lead time comprises both wait time and working time. The actual work time ratio measured against the total wait time gives flow efficiency.

3. Emotional metrics

Feedback collection is a vital constituent of a successful agile implementation. The effectiveness of the team working together and the satisfaction level of the users with the application developed are crucial measures of project success.

Agile should be an integral part of every enterprise. The significant improvement will only be noticeable when the entire team will take ownership and apply the agile principles to the day-to-day workflow.

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