Even if Agile was initially considered as an anarchic approach due to practices like self-organization, the reality is that it requires a lot of discipline. Metrics is an important tool to assess the continuous improvement efforts of Scrum teams. However, setting a good metric program is not obvious. The book “The Agile Culture” contains interesting thoughts about what could make a metrics program fail.
Scrum burndown chart
How can you share information about a Scrum project between the team members or assess its status? This article by Kulawat Wongsaroj proposes eight visualizations techniques to share information on a Scrum project. All these techniques try to summarize the large and complex set of data of a Agile project in different dimensions. They exist to help the ScrumMaster, the other team members and the other various stakeholders like managers to get a better understanding of the project.
Matthew Evans shares with us an Excel spreadsheet that allows to record and visualize informations about your Scrum sprint. One sheet allows to manage the sprint data with the estimated and actual work for each story. A project page consolidate the sprints data at a project level. Visit the “Agile scrum project management spreadsheet” page to get the spreadsheet.
Burn charts are a simple method to monitor work progress in Scrum. This article discusses the details of burn down and burn up charts: which units to measure, how to adapt to scope variations. He gives some guidelines on how to interpret burndown charts. He reminds that the chart should be objective and visible.
The Scrum Burndown chart is very simple tool to monitor the project status. It is easy to explain, easy to understand. But this metric also put in evidence some pitfalls observed in many agile workshops and adoptions. This article discusses how to build a Scrum burndown chart and what should be included in it. It also presents guidelines on how to assess the project status using the burndown chart and what could be done when problems are detected.
A simple tutorial on how to create a Scrum Burndown Chart with Google Docs for free.