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Yin and Yang: Metrics within Agile and Traditional Lifecycles

Metrics are powerful tools when used to effect positive change in a project or organization. However, the value and benefits of metrics are often dependent on the context. While certain metrics provide information and insight to drive decision making for a traditional development approach, they may not be useful in an agile landscape—and vice versa. QA and agile experts Shaun Bradshaw and Bob Galen delve into the value, pitfalls, pros, and cons of various metrics in agile and waterfall development environments. Hear their experiences as they discuss and explore a variety of project-level, software development, and software testing metrics through the lens of both traditional and agile development contexts. Although Bob and Shaun respect each other’s knowledge and skill, they don’t often agree on metrics. And in this showdown, you’ll see why! Be prepared to learn, be entertained, and be ready to get in on the action as these two metrics titans go head-to-head.

Shaun Bradshaw, Zenergy Technologies, Inc.

For the past fifteen years Shaun Bradshaw has helped clients improve the quality of their software by advising, instructing, and mentoring them in QA and test process improvement. His focus on effective testing and test management techniques, as well as practical metric implementations, creates demand for him as a consultant and frequent speaker at major QA and testing conferences. Shaun is well known for his topics on test metrics, the S-Curve, and the Zero Bug Bounce.

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Bob Galen, RGalen Consulting

Bob Galen is an agile coach at RGalen Consulting and director of agile solutions at Zenergy Technologies, a North Carolina-based firm specializing in agile testing and leading agile adoption initiatives. Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership. He is a Certified Scrum Master Practicing, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and an active member of the Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance.

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