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Thursday, August 8 • 10:45 - 12:00
Measuring Flow: Metrics that Matter (Hunter Tammaro, Julie Wyman) POPULAR

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Does your Scrum team start all its stories on Day 1 of the Sprint? Do stories sometimes carry over into the next Sprint? Or perhaps testing always gets crammed in on the last day of the Sprint? If any of these sound familiar, your team may benefit from improving its flow.
Flow metrics are commonly associated with Kanban, but can provide tremendous value to any team, including those using Scrum. In this interactive workshop, we’ll start by exploring the value of achieving a smooth flow of work versus simply achieving maximum utilization. Next, we'll introduce lead time, cycle time and throughput metrics and explain how to create and interpret a cumulative flow diagram (CFD). We'll review what each represents, discuss easy ways to collect these metrics, and show how they are similar and different from common Scrum metrics. As each metric is introduced, we will provide sample sets of metrics for you to review in small groups, practicing how to read and interpret them in order to find opportunities for team improvement. You will leave the workshop knowing how to interpret and capture all these valuable metrics, so your agile team can improve its flow!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will learn about flow in the context of an Agile team
  • Participants will be able to explain the difference between utilization and flow
  • Participants will be able to describe why flow matters for both Scrum and Kanban teams
  • Participants will learn how to interpret and capture lead time, cycle time (average, median, and scatterplot), throughput, and a cumulative flow diagram (CFD)
  • Participants will learn how flow metrics can be used in both Scrum and Kanban contexts
  • Participants will get practice using the metrics to identify bottlenecks and gain insight into the flow of their team or system


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Hunter Tammaro

Agilist, Excella
Hunter Tammaro is an Agilist with Excella. He is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and IC-Agile Certified Professional in Agile Team Facilitation (ICP-ATF). He has seven years' experience in Agile projects and more than ten years in IT, working with multiple teams to create large... Read More →
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Julie Wyman

Agile Coach, Excella
Julie Wyman is an Agile Coach with Excella. She is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and IC-Agile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC) with over nine years of experience in areas including Agile software delivery, traditional project management, and client training... Read More →

Thursday August 8, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Maryland Ballroom D