Posts tagged "metrics"

Calculating Cost of Delay for software projects

Motivation One of the most common challenges that you will face in your career, or even in your life, is to choose one thing over another. It could be a decision between going out to eat at a sushi place and a pizzeria, or it could be between a 2-month-long software project that costs $1M … »

Forecasting software project’s completion date through Monte Carlo Simulation

Nowadays we are using a more probabilistic approach to manage our processes than deterministic. That means that we use different statistical methods to predict the future instead of blind estimations. But wait… wasn’t unpredictability one of the main reasons that made us change from Waterfall to Agile? Yes, uncertainty is inherent to software development. For … »

Why we love metrics? Cumulative flow diagrams

One of the big questions that an Agile Coach may face during his career is: How can I help the team to continuously improve the software development process? In this blog posts series, I have been sharing some of Plataformatec best practices that are helping us deliver better projects through a set of metrics and … »

Looking at Lead Time in a different way

As we discussed previously in the post Learning with Lead time, analyzing the metric distribution regularly could be a useful tool to improve your software development process. Before continuing this blog post, I would like to suggest you an interesting read about the questions that surround the definition of Lead time. At Plataformatec, we have … »

Why we love metrics? Throughput and Burnup charts

Since I started working on software development, I have been dealing with two important, but not always convergent aspects: product scope and delivery flow. The process of aligning the expectations of product increment and team throughput is usually arduous, but when this happens, it improves the chances of project success. I will present here how … »

Why we love metrics? Learning with Lead time

Every time I think about indicators and metrics I remember a phrase from H. James Harrington that says: “Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t get it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you … »