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Is velocity a valid measure of team and process improvement?

Velocity is not a valid measure of team or process improvement. Velocity, especially when it is based on Story Points, is extremely unstable. By itself, Velocity doesn't reflect the capacity of the ...
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Is gauging a team's performance using scores assigned by other stakeholders valuable?

There is nothing wrong with this type of scoring. This type of customer confidence score is the same general idea as NPS and a multitude of other score. Whether or not it is healthy is largely ...
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Is a project manager responsible for completing a project on time?

All work is probabilistic. It has an extremely improbable best case result, an extremely improbable worst case result, and an extremely probable most likely result. That probabilistic distribution ...
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Is gauging a team's performance using scores assigned by other stakeholders valuable?

Do other companies do this? Is it considered Agile? Can it show real insight? No. No. No. Why not? Because it's completely pointless. You said you have sprints. I guess they have tickets or stories ...
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What is the value of tracking hours in a Sprint burn-down chart?

TL;DR As a Scrum Master, I am unable to predict if the stories are progressing and getting completed as expected. I read that with the burn-down chart the team is burning hours and the tracking ...
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What metrics can we generate from t-shirt sizes (rather than story points) when estimating user stories?

Summary To calculate velocity when using non-numeric relative sizing, you first need to map your story sizes to numeric values. I provide a working example of how to do this with tee shirt sizes, and ...
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Sprint Goal and Failure of a Sprint

TL;DR They have decided that if there are any User Stories not fully completed (as per the DoD) at the end of the Sprint, the Sprint has failed. This is not only incorrect, it's an abuse of the ...
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What Does "Commitment" Look Like with Agile Projects?

What You're Offering This is a good question, because it highlights a common misunderstanding of agile principles and contracting. In practice, you aren't promising to deliver something with a fixed ...
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Is tracking billable time for Scrum ceremonies in JIRA an anti-pattern?

The direct answer to your question is that how you bill your time to the client is not addressed in Scrum. Therefor there is no billing model that is expressly anti-scrum. If adding a place on the ...
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Is a project manager responsible for completing a project on time?

Yes, a project manager is responsible for completing a project on time. However, "on time" is a date that will often move during the life of the project, and it is the agreed date that the ...
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Is tracking billable time for Scrum ceremonies in JIRA an anti-pattern?

Scrum works best if you have good product ownership, fixed-length iterations and a stable team. If the backlog is determined by the client and the team is stable then (barring leave and unexpected ...
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How do you measure time units in sprint velocity?

Story Points Are Never Time Estimates Is doing: S = 1/2 a day (maximum) M = a day (maximum) L = 2 days (maximum) a good approach? Absolutely not. Story points measure ...
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Relevant metrics for issue closure estimation

As the comments indicate, you create a metric to answer a question. If I just look at the title of your post, "Simplistic PM metrics for how ACTIVE [emphasis mine] a project is," the two metrics that ...
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Is a project manager responsible for completing a project on time?

A project manager has the overall responsibility for the project's success. But what is project success, you may ask? Many executives see project success as delivering software on time, on budget and ...
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How does a scrum team measure its productivity against its productivity pre-scrum?

I worked with one organisation that was in a similar position. They had starting adopting Scrum before measuring the effectiveness of the old way of working. They did find a few metrics to compare ...
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What is the difference between metric and KPI?

A metric would be a standard of measurement in the context of PM. A performance indicator on the other hand is also just a type of performance measurement. Both terms could be and are used ...
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How to calculate velocity when using fibonacci estimates

TL;DR Calculating velocity is relatively straightforward if and only if you treat it as a rough estimate for forecasting. If your metrics imply great precision, you're using velocity wrong. Having ...
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Measuring code productivity between team members

I understand where you are coming from. However, I am unable to understand what you are trying to achieve from this kind of measurement. This practice of capturing productivity per programmer / ...
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Sprint planning, review: velocity,capacity, forecast and how this values relate?

Velocity is not something that is calculated, it is measured. Velocity is the amount of work that is completed in a Sprint. In this particular case, since you estimate work in Story Points, you will ...
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Is velocity a valid measure of team and process improvement?

Your concern is absolutely correct. Velocity as a team improvement metric is problematic because an improving team will often see their velocity increase but just because the velocity increases doesn'...
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Is gauging a team's performance using scores assigned by other stakeholders valuable?

Since you ask if this is considered Agile, I'll provide an answer in that direction. And the answer is "most likely no". All the individuals involved (business owners, managers, stakeholders) ...
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Is tracking billable time for Scrum ceremonies in JIRA an anti-pattern?

TL;DR Scrum is based on an empirical control methodology. While not directly stated in the Scrum Guide, it essentially posits a roughly-constant run rate for each Sprint, allowing predictable ...
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Is a project manager responsible for completing a project on time?

I agree with the other two answers, but I'd phrase it slightly differently. The Project Manager's primary responsibility is to manage the expectations about the project's completion date. This can ...
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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?

Performance improvements are often an exercise in cost-benefit trade-off. The executive who "just wants it to be faster" might find adding one server to boost speed by 50% an acceptable cost, but not ...
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Is a zigzag, sawtooth velocity a problem if the trend is consistent?

The zig-zag is usually caused when a majority of stories are longer than the length of the sprint, so you end up with one sprint where little is completed, and one where lots of stories are finished ...
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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

From a technical standpoint, code metrics should be baked into your test-driven development (TDD) or acceptance testing, preferably in an a fully-automated way. However, from a Scrum perspective, the ...
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What is the difference between metric and KPI?

I once read a case about a development organization - they were trying to improve the administration of justice in an underdeveloped country. They had a way to measure the administration of justice (...
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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 more required by PO/Management. Surely this story is not going to add any business value. What to do in this case? Should we count the effort in velocity or not? ...
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Is gauging a team's performance using scores assigned by other stakeholders valuable?

It sounds like an assessment performed by people outside the team. How do you expect that the score will be received by the team members? What is expected from the team when they receive the score? ...
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Is tracking billable time for Scrum ceremonies in JIRA an anti-pattern?

I'm confused. You say you bill hours to the client. By that I understand "hours of work". Scrum ceremonies are part of the work the team is doing. When you hold a daily standup for example, ...
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