Nov 25, 2022
This week, Dan Neumann is joined
by two of his colleagues, Mike Guiler and Eric Landes,
In this episode, they are
answering a listener’s question: Senior Leaders want to measure how Agile they
are, which will allow them to demonstrate if they are becoming more
Agile. These Leaders are looking for metrics they can use that can
show release frequency, show how responsive they are, and allow
them to show or measure if what they are releasing is valuable to
the customers. They would love to have numbers that they can update
at the end of every month if possible. To summarize, this listener wants to know how
leaders can explore their agility and see how it changes every
month; listen to this episode and find out what Dan, Mike, and Eric
have to say.
- Metrics and statistics could be made the
- Let’s not try to measure Agile.
- An Agile transformation is hard work, are you
achieving your goals? Measuring things appropriately can be
- If the organization identifies a target but
there is a lack of safety, those metrics can become manipulated and
- Let Teams come up with the right metrics for
- How can metrics be useful?
- A Team wants to move at the speed of its
customers, so why not get feedback from customers to know how the
Team is doing?
- Does the Agile transformation have the customer
and his needs as a priority? The Team should seek transformation
because they want to make the customer’s life better.
- Deployment frequency metrics are
- DevOps research and assessment
- Deployment Frequency: How often an organization
successfully releases to production.
- Lead Time for Changes: The amount of time it
takes a commitment to get into production.
- Change Failure Rate: The percentage of
deployments causing a failure in production.
- Time to Restore Service: How long it takes an
organization to recover from a failure in production.
- A committed vs an inspirational OKR
- OKR is a popular management strategy, it
defines objectives and tracks results while assisting to create
alignment and engagement around measurable goals.
- For the organization at the Team level, it is
important to have OKRs that communicate what we are looking for at
a higher level.
- Once a Team starts measuring a thing, do they
continue measuring it forever?
- Is it useful? If it is not, there is no reason
for continuing to measure.
Mentioned in this Episode:
Consulting to Team-Based
Organizations: An Organizational Design and Learning
Approach, by Kay F.
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