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Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Lean/Agile Data Driven Decisions Demystified

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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. Join Larry to 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 important questions such as: What is the ideal iteration length and team size for your context? Under what conditions is pure Scrum best? 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 use data to persuade co-workers, stakeholders, and executives.

Larry Maccherone
Independent Consultant

An industry-recognized thought leader on lean/agile, analytics, and DevSecOps, Larry Maccherone currently serves as Principal for his namesake consulting firm where he has worked with clients like Comcast, IBM, Adobe, Oracle, USAA, and Intuit. Previously at Rally Software, Larry led the insights product line 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 and CyLab for seven years conducting research on cybersecurity and software engineering. Contact Larry at LinkedIn.