Chapter 7 – Monitoring and Metrics

Ensuring that a Scrum project stays on track requires frequent tuning and fine-tuning. Thankfully, Scrum’s core set of sprint activities provides us with regular opportunities to monitor progress. Anecdotal observation can be greatly assisted with a selection of carefully selected metrics, tracking boards, and team synchronization practices.

The following three shortcuts focus on some useful techniques and tools to help gauge how your project is shaping up.

Shortcut 19: Metrics That Matter provides a selection of effective metrics that can be used for gauging ongoing progress. Shortcut 20: Outstanding Stand-Ups offers a selection of tips and tricks to ensure that the daily scrum doesn’t become an endless talk-fest. Finally, Shortcut 21: Taming the Task Board provides advice for getting the most out of your team’s visual centerpiece.

 

Shortcut 19: Metrics That Matter

  • Types of Metrics
  • Four Meaningful Metrics
  • Beware of Analysis Paralysis

Shortcut 20: Outstanding Stand-Ups

  • When and Where?
  • What Should Be Covered?
  • Multiple Teams
  • Ignore the ScrumMaster
  • Some Extra Touches
  • It’s Hitting the Big Time!

Shortcut 21: Taming the Task Board

  • Digital or Physical?
  • Materials Needed to Go Old School
  • Setting Up Your Columns
  • Rows of Sticky-Notes
  • Sticky-Note Content
  • Generating the Burndown
  • Some Important Decoration
  • Keeping It Real!
  • Party Time!

Wrap Up

The three shortcuts discussed in this chapter focus on a selection of tactics, tools, and tips to help gauge how your project is progressing. Here’s a recap of what is covered:

Shortcut 19: Metrics That Matter

  • Differentiating between good and evil metrics
  • A selection of meaningful metrics: the sprint burndown,the enhanced release burndown, sprint interference, and remedial work effort
  • The importance of avoiding metric overkill

Shortcut 20: Outstanding Stand-Ups

  • Daily scrum logistics: when, where, and what should be covered
  • Options for synchronizing multiple teams
  • Dealing with common daily scrum dysfunctions

Shortcut 21: Taming the Task Board

  • Factors to consider when deciding between a digital or physical board
  • How to set up a physical taskboard
  • Additional artifacts to consider embellishing your taskboard with

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