Measuring Flow: Metrics That Matter

Julie Wyman

Are you considering kanban but not sure how you’ll predict delivery without story points, velocity, and a burndown chart? Or are you part of a Scrum team but feeling like your team could benefit from improved flow within your sprints? In this session, join Julie Wyman and Hunter Tammaro as they explore key kanban metrics for measuring team flow and predictability. In the first half, they will introduce metrics including lead and cycle time, throughput, and the cumulative flow diagram. They’ll review what each represents, discuss easy ways to collect them, and show how they are similar and different from common waterfall and Scrum metrics. In the second half of the session, Julie and Hunter will provide a couple of different sample sets of these metrics for you to work in small groups, practicing how to read them in order to find opportunities for team improvement. You’ll leave the session knowing how to interpret and capture all these valuable metrics so your agile team can improve its flow.

About the Presenter

Julie Wyman is an agile coach with Excella Consulting. She is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and IC-Agile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC) with eight years of experience in areas including agile software delivery, traditional project management, and client training. Julie has coached multiple globally distributed teams to deliver, while leveraging Scrum, kanban, and other agile frameworks to drive continuous improvement. She enjoys finding new ways to make trainings, workshops, and retrospectives more engaging through the use of interactive games and activities. Julie frequently attends and presents at local agile events in the Washington, D.C., area.

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