Agile metrics in technology acquisition
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Recently the Software Engineering Institute has published an interesting article on the use of Agile metrics in DoD contracts. They have defined a few metrics of interest:
- Velocity – volume of work accomplished in a specified period of time
- Sprint Burn-Down – progress for the development team during a sprint
- Release Burn-Up – release readiness metrics
The report recognizes a number of advanced metrics and discusses their use and relation to the DoD standards, which makes a nice reading.
During my development of course material for DIT595 (Industrial Best Practice) for the Bachelor Program in Software Engineering and Management I got inspired by the Lean Start-up by Eric Ries (Crown Business Publishing, theleanstartup.com). The book is a very good material for entrepreneurs willing to start their own businesses. It is also very good for our students who want to do their bachelor and master theses in industry.
I also did some extra search for more articles on how measuring should be done in the lean start-ups. I have found the following article with tips for creating metrics – 8 tips…. The article proposes the following:
- Be actionable
- Be understandable and trustworthy
- Measure results
- Understand the downside
- Understand the upside
Since the article is free I will not quote more – I recommend reading it and reflecting upon the metrics that we create.
The Adoption of Software Measures:, A Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) Perspective
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Adopting software metrics has been studied multiple times already. One would think that success factors like management commitment or actionability are well known. However, most of the current research has studied the existing measurement programs and reflected on their success.
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