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Agile Metrics to Measure Development Team’s Progress

To improve the progress of software development projects, many organizations observe the overall team’s performance. By collecting the data of productive hours spent on a task, messages in slack, hours of calls, and Trello boards, the organizations rate their team’s productivity.

In this article at Svitla.com, Andrey Okhrimets suggests the need for implementing productivity metrics in software development to ensure better project execution.

Why are Metrics Needed?

Okhrimets believes that tracking through sound metrics may help in reducing chances of errors in data observation. It will give better insight into the team’s progress or setbacks throughout the development cycle. Here is how it is possible:

  1. If the project managers spot, prioritize, and keep track of uncertainties, it will reduce the occurrence of unwanted circumstances.
  2. Agile metrics may serve the team by constantly monitoring the unwanted issues they face and fixing them on priority. It will also help in simplifying workflow and encouraging the members to look for better solutions to resolve issues.
  3. Software development metrics may also foster the need for establishing a transparent relationship with the clients. It enables the customers to see if their requirements are met within assured time frame and budget.
  4. Apart from controlling the required tasks, it also helps in transforming the overall process, keeping the focus intact, and ensuring success of the finished product.

The author suggests three agile metrics to maintain work transparency for the software development team, thereby saving them from the unwanted hassles:

  1. Actual vs. Committed: The metric defines the team’s capability to develop a project time estimate that they can accomplish. Compare the number of tasks committed in a sprint with the finished tasks in the sprint review. Use KANBAN to measure the number of tasks performed in one sprint within the required time frame. It will also help in finding the root cause of the delay in project submission. This metrics is apt for “build-to-order” software applications. Client satisfaction in this case matters more on the team’s commitment to timely delivery than the quality of the work.
  2. Deviation from the estimation: It helps in bridging the gap between “estimated” and “actual” project time by comparing the allocated time with the hours spent on each task. If the team will measure the time deviated from the estimated task, and strategize a way to reduce it, then the chances of timely delivery will increase. To do this, let the developers be accountable for their estimated work time.
  3. Client Satisfaction: It reveals the level of client satisfaction by observing their feedbacks. The stakeholders share direct and indirect feedbacks. Direct feedback will highlight the fault of individual developers while indirect feedback may raise concern over occurrence of some unidentified error in the project that needs immediate action to fix.

The author explains that agile metrics work best if each developer performs tasks within the estimated time and fulfills the client requirement. Read the full article on the following link to uncover more details: https://svitla.com/blog/agile-metrics-to-measure-productivity-of-your-software-development-team

 

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