Planisware Event

Interview: Measuring progress in Agile Programs with Johanna Rothman

on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 I Paris, online I Insights

Metrics that truly deliver insights into Scale-up Agile Program's progress and status.


The classical way to measure and plan an Agile team's capacity is to use velocity, i.e. the number of story points the team delivers in one iteration. However, velocity is not useful when teams want to explain their status — velocity is unique to a team, and it’s too easy for a team (or management) to game the measure.

To accurately report and communicate project status, teams must turn to other tools: the product backlog burnup chart, the project feature chart, and possibly even cumulative flow.

To shed more light on this tricky topic, we've invited Johanna Rothman for a 45 minute discussion around the most common questions people ask. Johanna is among the few people who witnessed firsthand the emergence of Agile applied to programs, and pioneered the approach with a variety of customers.

In her book, "Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization" Johanna explains how to transition to Agile Programs, what the most common issues are - such as culture, organization, hierarchy -, and how to deal with them.