August 14, 2019 // By Magenic
Are your key performance indicators (KPIs) doing all they can for you in assessing your agile process? As we detail in our white paper, “6 Tips For Maximizing Your Agile KPIs,” paying attention to the right ones can pay big dividends for your business. Here are the basics you should know.
Measure For Outcomes As Well As Outputs
There are two types of Agile KPIs used to measure development: process outputs and delivery outcomes. It’s not uncommon for organizations to focus only on process outputs but they do not give you the full story. You need measurements that help you evaluate the business value of the outcomes. Examples of measurements include page views promoting brand awareness, increased revenue expected from a new feature, and reduced user complaints.
Substitute Agile KPIs For Waterfall KPIs
In traditional waterfall software development, the primary KPIs focus on processes over a long period of time, not business value, and do not provide time to adjust the development process to respond to end-user demands. Using Agile KPIs, a company can adjust scope and development processes in short-development increments, which provides greater flexibility and strategic focus.
Monitor On An Ongoing Basis
Make sure to continually measure business value benchmarks, such as quarterly and yearly revenue goals, and adjust to align with your product road map.
Look To The Future
Agile KPIs pull output and outcome data from the development processes to identify areas for analysis, such as lags, spikes and fluctuations across sprints. These indicators point to stability of the development process and the strength of the architectural runway.
If you’d like more Agile KPI insights, check out our white paper, “6 Tips For Maximizing Your Agile KPIs.”