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Escape Velocity - Better Metrics for Agile Teams

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Kindle Edition, 133 pages
Published March 18th 2018 by Lean Publishing
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Margarita Artemyan
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Based on his experience, Doc Norton starts his book with a long discussion of the flaws of the velocity metric. Then he goes forward and explains the issues with metrics in general and proposes alternative measures (lead time, team joy, etc.) to monitor the evolution of Agile teams. So, obviously will recommend the book to managers and scrum masters of Agile teams to read and come up with set of measurements.
Ron
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Must read for agilists!

I was so glad to see the Hawthorne Effect and Goodhearts Law talked about. Doc Norton has years of experience and true insight which he shares in this book with practical uses.
Rich Dammkoehler
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book is chocked full of practical advice from years of experience and practice. Doc presents a solid case for alternatives to Velocity as a means of measuring and tracking software development efforts.
The examples are detailed but not overwhelming and I really appreciated the careful walk through of both the math and the reasoning behind each measure. Each measure is examined thoroughly and the pros and cons of each are examined.
Docs singular wit and charm comes through in his use of lang
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Nicolas Leroy
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I first saw the book, I was interested due to the subtitle: “better metrics for agile teams”. As scrum master I knew the basic metrics, and I was eager to learn more. Along the way, the book explains the issues with the well-known basic metrics. Especially towards predictability, there are better ways than just using your average velocity.
For me the book is a must-read for every starting scrum master. In order to be able to measure things that matter for your teams.
David
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Great insights around metrics, usage, misuse as well as thought provoking suggestions on what to focus on.
Kristjan
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would consider this book title rather to be "balanced metrics" (like one of the chapters), as rather quickly, in the beginning known antipattern of velocity is confirmed.

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