Productivity measurement in Agile teams – why is it so difficult?
Many organizations have moved from traditional methods of project management (waterfall) toward agile and or DevOps approaches.
Agile software development empowers teams and puts the product to be (further) developed centrally instead of having a project-like focus. This has led to less grip and less control on a management level. The main reasons for this are:
- it has become harder to measure productivity, mostly because of the adoption of story points on a team level.
- the inability of many organizations to implement a standardized method to use on a higher level for productivity measurement, productivity improvement, benchmarking, long term estimation and contract KPI’s.
In this short paper, it is explained why many organizations have lost grip on these crucial activities after transforming to the ‘Agile world’. At the end of the paper, as a recap a few often-heard myths are “busted”.