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Measuring the value of Agile: Forrester wants to hear from you

We recently spoke with Diego Lo Giudice at Forrester Research to share our views on how organizations are measuring the value of Agile. Diego is leading a research effort to uncover how both software vendors and enterprise IT groups are approaching this challenge.

While  “Working software is the primary measure of progress” is one of the twelve principles of Agile, working software is not the only measure that software development organizations are using to show progress and to measure the value of Agile to the business. Our own discussions with clients indicate that many try to use velocity and quality (defects) to show that their Agile teams are improving their ability to deliver. A few focus on cycle time or progress to plan. The ‘holy grail’ is to be able to directly connect a software deliverable to measurable business value – improved revenue or decreased business costs.

What metrics does your organization use to measure its Agile efforts?  Learn more about Forrester’s research project, or go directly to the survey to share your views (and receive a free copy of the resulting report).

Webinar Nov 19: Translating Points to Dollars

This fall we are launching a webinar series on the potential of Earned Value Management to transform Agile development organizations.  You are cordially invited to join us for the first session –

Translating Points to Dollars:  Agile EVM and Project Portfolio Management

Friday, November 19, 9:30-10:30 PST

Agile teams speak in points and iterations, but business managers think in terms of dates and dollars.   This conceptual and language barrier makes strategic business planning and reporting a significant challenge for Agile teams.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • How to bridge the “Points vs. Dollars” language barrier to simplify project portfolio management, address the needs of strategic planners, and reduce the overhead of “managing up”.
  • How Agile development teams use AgileEVM to more quickly identify cost, schedule, scope and quality issues on Agile projects.

You will see real-life examples of AgileEVM in action, and you’ll learn why the AgileEVM application has galvanized Agile thought leaders and executives from leading IT and commercial product organizations.  You’ll also learn from Barton’s and Sterling’s own experience as Agile development team leaders, consultants and instructors.  An interactive Q&A session will further enrich the discussion.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

About the Presenter:
AgileEVM cofounders Brent Barton and Chris Sterling created the AgileEVM application to bridge the gap between Agile methodologies and traditional business metrics, so that organizations can better plan, manage, and realize the full value of IT investments.

Brent Barton’s executive management background and nearly two decades of experience in software technology gives him the ability to provide valuable guidance concerning engineering capability and organizational proficiency.  Brent has used Agile practices for a decade to help small, medium and Fortune 100 organizations overcome seemingly intractable problems and successfully deliver mission-critical solutions.

Update: Slides are now available: