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Monday, August 3 • 15:45 - 17:00
Metrics: A prison or a road to freedom? (Natalie Warnert, Brandon Carlson) POPULAR

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In prison, individuality is replaced with conformity and you are held accountable to rules externally imposed upon you. Of course you aren't in prison, are you? Have you debated over the definition of a "Defect" vs. an "Enhancement" to reduce your defect numbers? Or justified why velocity dropped off when the team missed their commitment last sprint? If you've had conversations like these, you may be imprisoned by metrics.
A life of freedom exists, though. Freedom and team empowerment to make their own choices. Metrics take on a new life and become a continuous learning tool for the team. Teams begin to use metrics of their own to identify behaviors for improvement and highlight accomplishments. This transforms metrics from a control mechanism into a valuable tool.
Participants will leave understanding how to help teams learn from their metrics and ensure the freedom to measure the correct things. The session identifies key anti-patterns that can imprison team learning and encourage "metric-gaming" behaviors. Participants will learn the importance of a balance between freedom-promoting and imprisoning metrics, and how to identify the correct balance based on the team's maturity and needs.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How to find a balance between metric imprisonment and freedom
  • How to identify metric imprisonment and freedom
  • How to gauge a metric's value or lack thereof
  • How to identify if metrics are changing the correct behaviors or creating bad habits

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Brandon Carlson

IT Nerd, Lean TECHniques, Inc.
A self-proclaimed nerd with over 15 years of experience, Brandon has become passionate about elevating the performance of IT as a whole, and has helped numerous organizations from startups to Fortune 100 companies improve their product development and delivery systems. Brandon’s current interests include data-driven product definition/development and professionalism in the world of IT. He can be reached on Twitter and pretty much everywhere... Read More →
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Natalie Warnert

Agile Transformation Coach, Salesforce.com
Talk to me about Women In Agile, Metrics, Agile UX, value mapping and Agile in large retail and sales organizations. | | Also check out the #WomenInAgile session on Sunday July 24 prior to the conference and register to attend! Be the change you want to see! https://t.co/A9rekeyuyl

Monday August 3, 2015 15:45 - 17:00
Chesapeake 7/8/9