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I want a number, a metric, that tells me how productive our teams are”
challenged my former Head of IT, some years ago. Certainly, it’s a reasonable request to ask how productive a team (or a whole system) is.
But first let’s look at the why behind the question. Why do we measure productivity? Because we should? Because we can? For transparency? Accountability? To drive behaviors and influence culture? Should we measure it at all?
It used to be that software was something you had in your business: you used it to manage work and control your hardware, or you sold it to customers to generate revenue. But in today’s digital world, software is your business.
Whether you’re a B2C or B2B organization, it’s likely that software underpins your business operating system—driving your sales, your brand, your manufacturing, your supply chain, your communications, your infrastructure, your relationship with your customers … probably even your thermostat and coffeemaker.
When it comes to agile, what’s the least you can do? If you're serious about improving what you deliver but your efforts are frustrated by apathy—or even hostility—when presented with change, how much change should you present? Do you have to change everything?
If you’ve looked at the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) before and determined it wasn’t adequate for your large-scale development, look again.
The fourth version of the Scaled Agile Framework just hit the streets and includes major enhancements that support large-scale software and systems. For highlights, check out our blog, “10 Things You Need to Know About SAFe 4.0."
The Scrum approach to delivery has produced the greatest team in the world. And the elements behind the team’s success are repeatable, meaning your team could be next in becoming the greatest team in the world. (That sure has a nice ring to it.)
Conferences can be challenging ROI activities to measure. We disrupt our daily routine of meetings, emails and conference calls to trek through airports, sit in air-conditioned ballrooms, and chat with strangers. Will it be worth it? How will we know?