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Questions tagged [metrics]

In PM, metrics are measures of things. Defining, selecting, applying, or calculating measurements of progress or activity on a project.

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What metrics can we generate from t-shirt sizes (rather than story points) when estimating user stories?

If I am using T-shirt sizing for my user story estimates, what metrics I can measure and report? We currently use a Sprint burn-down chart when using story points.
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What metrics should be used for tracking the quality of research project?

It is known that software development tasks should be controlled by some project management metrics, that show the progress of work at each particular moment of time. What metrics are better to be ...
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Agile (“Scrum”) “Metrics” Question

My team has recently transitioned from essentially zero project management (other than the "put out fires as they happen while trying to stay on top of current workload") to something more Agile with ...
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If you measure requirement volatility, how do you handle inconsistent requirement size?

I would like to measure requirement volatility but the problem is that our specification is not consistent in size of requirements. Sometimes, one requirement describes a whole workflow. Sometimes it ...
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What Does “Commitment” Look Like with Agile Projects?

When engaging with a client on a project that will be developed using agile methodologies, what is being promised in the delivery of the project? How do you know if that promise is objectively met? ...
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How to use historical cycle time to forecast project completion

I have been inspired by Daniel Vacanti's talk (link) about using cycle time to forecast project completion. So I collected the following user stories metric in the course of four sprints: Average ...
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Metrics to measure teamwork / team spirit

I recently started as manager of a team of 10 developers that did manage itself before. I noticed that they do not act that well as a team but rather everybody fights for his own. There are a lot of ...
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How to measure bug incidence in Production?

We have a fully automated deploy process but as we now sometimes we break things. When this happens the developer just apply a hot fix in (branch, fix and opens a PR) the trunk development. As you ...
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Cycle Time - Story vs Task?

I am trying to measure the cycle time of my team. The problem is that the issues (tasks or stories) have very different sizes. Sometimes someone just creates a task like: "Create a backend api", that ...
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If SAFe must be continuously calibrated and measured in ideal days, why does the framework say recalibration is unnecessary?

TL;DR SAFe says you don't need to recalibrate estimation, but requires estimates and other metrics to be normalized across one or more Agile Release Trains. Context, question rationale, and the ...
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A simple estimation accuracy formula that yield always 0-100?

I'm just beginning and despite my search I cannot find any simple formula that would return a number between 0 and 100%, i.e. I do not care whether there was over or underestimation. The simplest ...
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Measuring code productivity between team members

First question, so here goes! Between two programmers on the same team, one has produced more code but more defects, whilst the other has produced around 20% less code but significantly less defects ...
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How can I track time spent by assignees on each ticket in JIRA?

I want to track time spent by each agent on each task on a JIRA Kanban board. If an agent was assigned a task and he assigns it back to me, I want to track the time he spent assigned to the ticket. Is ...
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Should we count a story that is no longer required by Client/PO/Management in our velocity?

We have finished a story which is no longer required by the Product Owner (PO) or Management. The completed story is not going to add any business value. What should we do in this case? Should we ...
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How much volatility should be acceptable among Scrum teams?

There is varying volatility across Scrum teams. I understand that volatility can be caused by many variable factors. The table below shows how much it's varying across teams: Velocity ...
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What is your focus: increasing metrics or improving processes?

I noticed (in our company) that Scrum Masters have one of the approaches: Start with metrics and work on improving the numbers: e.g. a new user story comes up during sprint, the team might reject it ...
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How to measure efficiency of tasks for a very small project

I am a programmer using sharepoint, and I am the lead and the project manager since I do not have subordinates under me. My boss is non-technical and doesn't have much visibility in what I do and just ...
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What is the difference between metric and KPI?

I know that KPI is a metric and metric is not necessarily a KPI, but I still don't understand the difference between these two. Let's take Periscope application as an example. What are possible KPI ...
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How to measure the value of Product management?

There are 2 types of product management broadly - New Product and Existing products. For an existing product, the task of the product manager is to increase revenue, in a declining market share ...
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Sprint Goal and Failure of a Sprint

My organisation is pushing for strictness on what they consider a Sprint Failure or not. They have decided that if there are any User Stories not fully completed (as per the DoD) at the end of the ...
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How does a scrum team measure its productivity against its productivity pre-scrum?

In our company, we are moving some teams to scrum. Before scrum, it seems we don't have a lot of visibility into the productivity of the teams, and we don't necessarily have a way to measure the ...
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Relevant metrics for issue closure estimation

What metrics can influence or help with such an estimation? I am mostly interested in applying such metrics on GitHub projects, using their issues history. Based on how fast they solved their ...
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PMO Value Add Metrics

What would be the best group of metrics to use to measure PMO value in services organization? What do you use in your org,if any? By this I am talking about more of the soft metrics like repeat ...
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How can I calculate performance evaluation criteria for a software team?

I am looking for a theoretical formula which can evaluate the performance of an employee. I have figured out these measurable factors on which the performance can be calculated. Can anyone tell me a ...
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How to check for soft skills during recruitement?

Background Info In the past year or so we have been scaling in team size and I am responsible together with our CTO for recruiting candidates of all types of technical background (Frontend, backend, ...
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What formula should I use to calculate a target date in google docs, based on total man-days, if the size of team will change during development?

I'm having a complete brain fart trying to figure this out. Let's say I have 600 man-days left of work to complete, and this is located in cell E3. I want to calculate the target date for completion ...
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Method for assessing risk in a release

I have been tasked to develop a metrics program specifically designed to look at how risky a release is from a code base volatility perspective. The director requesting this information is working ...
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Cumulative Flow

This project--developing web-based modules--is currently in its testing phase. On a daily basis, the team captures testing results and progress using a cumulative flow diagram. The testing phase is ...
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metrics for bug fixing / learning legacy system

We are a new team of about a dozen developers in our not-very-IT company tasked with reshoring/onshoring/insourcing (bringing into the company what a vendor has developed for us) a large (10M+ LOC?) ...
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What is the value of tracking hours in a Sprint burn-down chart?

The burn down chart will have story points on the Y-Axis and duration (number of days) on the X-Axis. My team is able to complete the stories almost at the end of the Sprint. This means the burn down ...
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Metrics for changing a process

I am trying to automate a manual process in my organization. There's one component which has a very repetitive coding. So i decided to automate it. Before jumping on to the automation, I want to ...
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How often should a development team review code quality metrics so that we keep reasonable control over technical debt and code quality

Is there any recommended practice for how frequently code quality metrics should be reviewed by the team? I'm not sure how often should we be conducting a review of code quality metrics to look for ...
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How do I elicit measurable business objectives in the real world?

A very common theme in project management/software engineering resources is that goals should be SMART. This question is targeted to the "M" in SMART: Measurable. The examples commonly found in ...
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What's the best way of writing user stories about “improve this metric” if I'm not sure how much improvement is possible?

Say you have a piece of software that you know can be improved on various quantifiable metrics (time to boot, CPU and memory usage, latency for various actions, accuracy of recognition tasks, etc.), ...
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How to determine the business value of a new product functionality?

As a part of job interview for Product Management position, I am asked to propose a new product functionality for existing product, determine its business value and calculate the increase on MAU(...
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Would gamification increase employee engagement with time tracking?

A typical difficulty in implementing time tracking in companies is that employees are rarely engaged with time tracking tasks, seeing them as a waste of time. I'm wondering if a gamification approach ...
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What are some commonly tracked metrics in Kanban?

I'm currently working with a development group that has a variety of project management approaches. They use a Kanban board for tracking work with a constantly re-prioritized backlog, they have ...
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How can I measure the performance of individuals within Scrum?

I know it should not be done, but I'm tasked by my company to measure the performance of each person on the Scrum team. What would be a "not so bad" way of doing it? P.S. I cannot let the team decide ...
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How to create metrics that can't be “gamed?”

I've seen managers create metrics that worked, and ones that had unintended side-effects. For example, one manager measured his IT team based on how quickly "help request tickets" were closed. Service ...
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Trying to develop a Project Health Check tool - How can I show the Health of a Project in Dollars and Hours?

My projects generally have 6 areas (Engineering, Fabrication, Assembly etc). Each area has been allotted a budget for a particular project (dollars and hours). Every week, I get a report on how much ...
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How can I track the work done by a remote team of coders?

I just started a project with a team of coders working remotely. I trust that they will get the job done, but I want a way to track their progress day to day. I know they are using a Git repository to ...
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What is the name for this type of chart?

I love using burndown charts, but they only work for finite chunks of work. Since I also help out groups that do continuous operational work, I wanted to develop a similar tool that would work for ...
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How can I visually represent interdependant resources?

This one may be tricky to explain, but here's the use case. Our organization aims to reduce the amount of "time-stealing" by other staff. We want to eventually see this visual indicator show less ...
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Can EVM be Used to Track and Manage Quality?

Currently, I think I've got pretty good tools when it comes to measuring Budget (enough and more Excel docs that are regularly updated), Scope (against a mutually agreed upon statement of work), Time (...
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How can I improve measurement of Sprint Goals that are based on soft skills or communication processes?

Background I am currently coaching a non-development team on Scrum practices. The team is focused on back-office, administrative processes. This makes the work somewhat of a pull-queue where Kanban ...
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Is it possible to track velocity on a waterfall project?

Assuming similar work has been done in the past, can velocity be measured on a waterfall project? If that isn't the case, is there a more appropriate capacity management tool on a waterfall project?
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Management techniques apply to hierarchies, but teams in real world are cyclical graphs

There is so much literature about working with organizational hierarchies and methods to monitor them and measure performance, but in reality teams behave more like (heavily) cyclical graphs, ...
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How can I identify quality objectives and associated metrics?

Our project was on ENROLLMENT SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT. We are 4 members and we are adding new software to improve the system to give clash free timing to students. Stakeholders are: My teammates The ...
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Best Metrics to Show the Value of Fixing Bugs

My software development group has spent a significant amount of time recently on fixing existing bugs instead of working on new development. Using our bug tracking software, I can get data on how ...
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Project Management for Inconsistent Development Efforts

I am a CS grad student, and I am interested in applying project management or software/system engineering methods to research projects at my university. I have experience applying the Scrum framework ...