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Recommending Lean Agile Intelligence

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Recommending Lean Agile Intelligence

February 5, 2018

I’m experienced enough in the Scrum community to remember several early attempts at assessing the maturity of agile and Scrum teams.

My point in taking you down “history lane” is that agile assessment tools and frameworks have been thought about since ~2007. So, for the past 10+ years.

The problem is, that none of these, and the ones introduced later, have really done an effective job of helping teams improve.

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Agile Journey Index – A “Balanced” Guide for Continuous Improvement

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Agile Journey Index – A “Balanced” Guide for Continuous Improvement

If you were to have asked me about five years ago about agile team and organizational assessments, you might have gotten your head bit off. You see I used to be violently opposed to formally assessing agile teams in any way.

The roots of it probably related to aggregating team velocity. If you’re wondering, that’s not such a good thing to do either. I was worried about teams comparing themselves to each other and creating unhealthy or dysfunctional behaviors. I also worried about what THEY (leadership, managers, Project Managers, HR folks, etc.) would do with the information.

Now I’ve always felt that having maturity data around, in some form, was helpful to seasoned agile coaches. It just gets hairy when you start using it for organizational and x-team metrics. And it’s the inherent “metrics dysfunction” that is always lurking in the shadows this is a real concern.

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