Agile + DevOps East 2020 Tutorial: Lean/Agile Metrics for the Rest of Us

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Monday, November 9, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:30pm

Lean/Agile Metrics for the Rest of Us

For many agile practitioners, software metrics beyond a burndown chart are little understood or, perhaps, very scary because poor metrics can be worse than no metrics. In this enlightening session, Larry Maccherone explores how you and your organization can use metrics to bring management and lean/agile teams closer rather than becoming a wedge that drives them into conflict. Larry covers the entire lifecycle of the metrics process—from metric selection to reporting data—in compelling ways. You’ll gain an understanding of a wide range of concepts including common (101-level) metrics, probabilistic forecasting, using metrics to persuade, and basic data science. Take back valuable insights on how to answer to important questions such as: What is the ideal iteration length and team size for your context? Under what conditions is pure Scrum best, and when are you better off using kanban? What impact does lowering work-in-process have on responsiveness and quality? How does geographic distribution impact performance? Learn to unlock the predictive power of metrics and how to use data to persuade co-workers, stakeholders, and executives.

Larry Maccherone

Larry Maccherone is an industry-recognized thought leader on lean, agile, analytics, and DevSecOps. He currently leads the DevSecOps transformation at Comcast. 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 Carnegie Mellon with the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and CyLab for seven years, conducting research on cybersecurity and software engineering. Keep up with Larry on LinkedIn.