In the previous blog, we saw the following ways in which you can find out whether your agile development team is working in the right direction:
Now, it is time for us to look at the remaining aspects that can help us determine whether we are running a successful agile team.
Transparency is among the finest methods to develop trust. That entails making the plans public and allowing everyone to see the development. Communicating progress across several dimensions gives the various stakeholders information that, from their perspective, makes sense. Metrics that display features or overall progress in relation to a specific goal can be quite insightful.
The alignment of internal teams is necessary for them to manage their work in relation to component or service dependencies, which is another reason why visibility is crucial. Therefore, keep monitoring if there are areas in the project where the process is not transparent.
In an agile world, productivity is a measure of results rather than output. So, it has a significant impact to consider burnup for a product or based on value. A simple burnup of the number of stories or features over time will help you determine how much the team is actually producing.
Velocity trend is a common statistic used to evaluate predictability. This illustrates how much work has been accomplished on average during a three to a four-month period at a sustainable pace. A team that is shifting, work that is unexpected, or just a team still getting used to defining work small enough to finish in an iteration might all be reasons for a velocity that dramatically changes.
Continuous improvement, or always striving to do better, is a fundamental principle of all lean and agile mindsets. Yet without measuring the results, how can you tell if you are improving? In addition to the indicators mentioned above, the cumulative flow chart, which illustrates how well work moves through the lifecycle, is also quite useful.
Cycle time is another factor that aids with planning and predictability. Cycle time is an excellent statistic to track over time to determine whether process modifications and improvements are having an effect on productivity.
Although every Agile team adheres to the same principles, not every team will apply the Agile methodology in the same way. If you are operating in the spirit of Agile and producing the outcomes that an Agile team is expected to produce, there are a few key traits you should be exhibiting.
- You stay in touch with clients and are attentive to their requirements.
- Your team has set goals and work schedules (as opposed to orders coming down from executives)
- Your team works well together.
- You are consistently producing usable output (the product doesn’t start to “come together” six months after development starts).
There is no one-size-fits-all method for agile development. However, by keeping an eye on these metrics and traits, you can create a successful work environment where an agile development project can thrive.