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Friday, December 1 • 11:10am - 12:10pm
Agile Metrics - The GQM Approach

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Ever feel like you're doing metrics wrong? Well, you probably are! Join us and up your game by learning the GQM approach to Agile metrics.

In Agile, there is a need to collect data to demonstrate progress and show improvement, but where does one even start? Common Agile metrics approaches do well at measuring team velocity and throughput, but can sometimes overlook the requirements of executive sponsors, product management, and other key stakeholders. This problem is often rooted in a lack of understanding about what business goals are driving decision-making throughout the organization and what questions we should be answering with the metrics we collect.


The “Goal-Question-Metric” (GQM) approach is a proven method for driving goal-oriented measures throughout a software organization. With GQM, we start by defining the goals we are trying to achieve, then ask clarifying questions around those goals, and finally answer our questions through objective metrics. By mapping business outcomes and goals to specific measures, we can form a better picture of the Agile environment and clearly demonstrate how we are doing across the span of the enterprise.

During this session, we will explore the GQM approach and show its effectiveness in identifying the key information your enterprise needs to know at the Executive, Portfolio, Program, and Delivery tiers. We will provide sample metric sets for each tier and explain the goals and questions that drove us to them. At the end of this talk, the audience will understand not only how to ask the right questions, but specifically what metrics can be used to answer them.

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John Tanner

Senior Vice President & Executive Consultant, LeadingAgile, LLC
John Tanner is an experienced consultant and change agent with over 20 years of industry experience. He has spent most of his career focused on building high-performing teams and creating better value delivery processes within organizations across Federal, commercial, and non-profit... Read More →

Friday December 1, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm

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