Directing high-performance software development teams
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Speed, speed, speed – who wouldn’t like their team to be fast, effective, high-performing. The only question is how to achieve this goal.
In this paper the author presents a methods for identifying capabilities of high-performance agile teams. For example, for being agile the team has to have conscious sensitivity and responsiveness to customer and environment needs and changes. Sound quite like one has to be on alert and flexible, ready to embrace changes.
The entire method/analyzer consists of 6+1 questions that can help to assess the maturity. It has been tested in a number of organizations by the author. Sounds simple and nice. Can’t wait to start using it in practice…
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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