Demonstrating the benefits of agile to the business is critical to moving forward with an agile transformation. It motivates others to join in, expanding their mindsets and trying to make them more open to change, which is especially crucial for those new to agile.
Agile has progressed to the point where, in addition to speed, it also faces new hurdles in terms of responsibility and demonstrating its value. Agile, like other aspects of the organization, must adhere to traceability, auditability, and compliance standards.
Many firms are now demanding it and teams new to agile face an uphill climb with risk-averse management and geographically scattered project teams, as well as technical debt. Although the executive team decided to implement agile principles, this decision comes with its own set of requirements that must be addressed. In order to meet this expectation, qualitative measures will be examined.
Businesses should utilize the following set of agile transformation metrics to get a more accurate view of their agile transformation as it occurs and evolves over time.
Speed and efficacy advancements
Efficiency and speed are the watchwords when it comes to agile or DevOps. No two businesses or initiatives should gauge speed or performance in the same manner. However, by introducing essential measures and documenting the appropriate data items, enterprises can monitor progress in speed and efficiency over time.
Businesses should keep track of the time it takes to release new fixes or features, the average time it takes to resolve anomalies and errors, the number of story points delivered per sprint cycle. Furthermore, it should monitor whether teams are able to accomplish more in the same amount of time and money as they did before adopting agile practices. The solutions to these problems will assist businesses and their teams in determining how far they have progressed on the agile journey and where they still have space to improve.
According to the 15th Annual State Of Agile Report, 48% of respondents said they judged agile initiatives on product quality.
Now, evaluating quality can be difficult because it might be viewed differently depending on client satisfaction, ROI growth, or the accuracy of tests conducted during the SDLC. The pace with which working software is built is taken into account when determining if quality standards are met for a product developed utilizing the agile methodology. As a result, everything that is continuous becomes extremely vital – continuous testing, monitoring, planning, and so on.
On-time delivery or delivery speed
According to the 15th Annual State Of Agile Report, 48% of respondents claimed on-time delivery was how they measured agile initiatives.
For the time being, Agile implies that the timeline and scope are fixed. “On time” does not always imply that what businesses deliver will fulfill the expectations of their stakeholders. As a result, in order to quantify on-time delivery, companies must have some context – specifically, a clear image of what is being delivered. Businesses can use burn down and burn up charts to visualize these parameters. A burn down chart illustrates how much work is left to accomplish, while a burn up chart shows how much work has already been done.
According to the same poll, 30% of respondents stated they measured agile initiatives on the basis of project visibility.
Transparency is one of the most effective strategies to foster trust among team members and other stakeholders. Transparency in the project pipeline implies making plans available to everyone ahead of time and tracking and sharing progress and results on a regular basis. Internal teams become more aligned as a result of visibility, which indicates the influence each team or team member has over a specific period of time. Sharing progress also assists stakeholders in making informed decisions and identifying potential dangers.