You can tactfully explore what changes have been made to improve the product or the team based on these metrics in the past few months. If these measurements have led to improvements or more effective decisions, they are not vanity metrics. Your newness can be a benefit here. You can say "Sorry, I'm new. Can you help me understand how the team or leadership ...
Tough question; To my mind there are two choices:
Communicate the opportunity cost of vanity metrics to management. Measure the impact on project schedule/cost/quality by diverting resources away from production to ego stroking. (opportunity cost) On the other hand, if they define ego stroking as part of the scope, then stroke egos.
Help the team to ...
First of: thanks for the link to the vanity metrics blog. It was an interesting read.
Second point summary: monetize the costs
Second: I dealt with the same issue at my previous company. I created the report because I was asked to do it. After the first time I asked why I was creating it because it took some time to create (I could spend 3 to 4 hours ...
If I would be the leader, I would just say. "Stop it. Don't waste time for this report".
Yes you could and this time you may be right. But are you always right?
The strength of a Scrum team is that it pools the knowledge and understanding of several people together. Decisions are made by consensus as a result of producing strong arguments or by adapting a ...
You can look at data and use inductive reasoning to formulate a hypothesis, or use deductive reasoning to define your product goals. Note that you must have a hypothesis or goal to test and measure; otherwise, you're performing the equivalent of asking random sea turtles which shoes to make for the world's fastest Olympic runner. Even then, you're ...
The answer to your question will depend on how your organisation defines value.
Value isn't just about changes to revenue/profit. There are many forms of value, such as:
The cost associated with not making a change
The value of removing or lowering a risk
A strategic decision
...and many more.
The question then becomes: how do you ...
Calculating ROI for individual investments that don't provide additional benefit but only or mainly prevent loss isn't always meaningful. This becomes apparent if you look at possible combinations of such investments.
If you were required to implement two features A and B to prevent a loss of $1M, is each feature's ROI $500,000 or $1M? Both values can't be ...
You're asking a general question with a specific example. I'll try to respond to both.
I see several relevant points here:
you are a scrum master
you are new to the org
you think this report is a waste of time
the consumers of this report are...? (whether it's the team or the stakeholders might affect how you proceed)
I think you have two issues and the first issue I am drawing the inference just based on what you wrote so I could be very wrong, but I'll take the leap.
A high performing team ideally would have a sense of team goals, objectives, a way of driving consensus, and mutual concern of its members among other attributes. I think your first issue is that your ...
To effectively answer this, we have to remember that the purpose of a Kanban board is to visualize the flow of work. It is not quite as 1-to-1 as each column being a step of work, but that's a good place to start.
A and C are fine because they are not columns per se. A is part of the Development step and C is part of the Testing step. The soft line just ...
I would suggest that it really isn't your place to decide whether or not someone else finds a report to be useful. As a scrum master you're the informal leader of a team that doesn't have a leader, tasked to lead by persuasion and not authority. But that does not necessarily mean that you are to determine what the team is to do, nor whether a particular ...
This Question is best Suitable in context of Leadership skill.
Since you are new in team and team is following preconceived mind set you need to apply your leadership skills to convince what is more beneficial?
I agree that tool of opportunity cost can help but still how you apply that tool will be more important.