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Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Agile Metrics: Make Better Decisions with Data

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Some consider measurement in agile development destructive—or at the very least useless. Larry Maccherone disagrees and offers insight into how you can use metrics in an agile environment to make life better. How do you know when you are ready to introduce metrics into the environment? What are the sources for these metrics? What tools and techniques are necessary to make decisions probabilistically? What are the mindset shifts necessary for metrics to help you making better decisions? How do teams and organizations avoid the anti-patterns that so often derail a metrics program? Larry answers these questions and shows how to create a culture where measurement is an insight amplification and feedback mechanism—not a club to beat people up; where your teams seek out—rather than dread—the use of quantitative insight; and where metrics bring stakeholders and teams closer together—not drive them apart. Leave with the vision and understanding necessary to implement your own metrics regimen and make better decisions with data.

Larry Maccherone

An industry-recognized leader in agile, metrics, and visualization, Larry Maccherone currently helps a number of companies with the design of their analytics products including AgileCraft and Previously, Larry led the insights product line at Rally Software which enabled better decisions with data, leveraged big data techniques to conduct groundbreaking research, and offered the first-ever agile performance benchmarking capability. Before Rally, Larry worked at the Software Engineering Institute for seven years conducting research on software engineering metrics with a particular focus on reintroducing quantitative insight back into the agile communities.