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From Waterfall to Agile: Adapting Traditional Metrics to Measure, Monitor, and Achieve Agile Success

Sponsored by: CIDM
Presenter: Dawn Stevens, Comtech Services Inc.
Date Recorded: January 18, 2017
Duration: 90 minute
This is a free webinar.

Abstract

Proponents argue that organizations adhering to an Agile methodology are better positioned to meet the needs and expectations of their customers, react to market needs and changes, and realize the greatest value from their resources. As a growing number of information development teams jump on the Agile bandwagon, with or without their product development teams, they must evaluate whether or not Agile meets its promises. However, traditional waterfall metrics tend to measure process and productivity, such as ensuring a defined workflow has been followed or calculating development hours per page or topic. Agile benefits, however, center less on how things were done and more on the resulting outcome, such as customer satisfaction or team collaboration. Managers need to adapt and change what they are measuring to obtain a complete picture of what they are accomplishing with their move to Agile.

During this presentation attendees will learn:

  • To re-examine their definition of successful project management in light of Agile methodologies
  • To select key performance indicators for measuring Agile success
  • To interpret measurements and take action based on them
  • To position metrics so that they positively influence the behaviors of the team


Presenter

Dawn Stevens is Vice President of Operations and partner at Comtech Services and Associate Director of the Center for Information-Development Management. With over 25 years of experience, including 15 years at Comtech, Dawn has practical experience in virtually every role within a documentation and training department, including project management, instructional design, writing, editing, and multimedia programming. With both engineering and technical communication degrees, Dawn combines a solid technical foundation with strong writing and design skills to identify and remove the challenges her clients face in producing usable, technical information and training.



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