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Velocity is Killing Agility

We know that we can only manage what we can measure - but how do we measure productivity, predictability, quality and value delivery of our agile projects and initiatives? Pat Reed and Walt Wyckoff will explore how we should (and shouldn't) measure the success of agile projects and initiatives. All too often, organizations fall into the trap of over engineering metrics and inappropriately using velocity as a productivity measure which triggers all sorts of unintended consequences.

This highly interactive workshop will walk us through metrics that matter and why we might want to challenge many of the current metrics and dashboards in use today. We'll explore how to measure value and cycle time from a highly practical perspective. Please join us at 73 Ray Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

This will be an encore session of Pat and Jim Highsmith's workshop at Agile 2012 Conference in Dallas. Pat and her co-presenter Walt will be facilitating the thought-provoking idea of the unintended consequences of missing Velocity as a means for measurement. Pat has been leveraging Lean and Agile methods to solve technology problems, design and deliver cutting edge solutions, develop leaders and drive transformational change for over 35 years at the Walt Disney Company, Disney Pictures & Television, NBC, ABC, Universal Studios, Gap eCommerce & Gap Inc.

Pat and Walt also co-developed and teach Agile Management courses in a certification program in Agile Management for UC Berkeley Extension and co-founded


Standard Agenda

6:00-6:30 Pizza and networking

6:30-8:00 Reflect, predict, discuss

8:00-8:30 More networking

Location closed at 8:30

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  • Steve B.

    As I told Pat, every time I hear her speak I learn something new, and this was no exception. Nice work!

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • Sue S.

    This was a great meet up. Thanks Pat, and everyone there.

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    Great to get to grips with a tough subject in the agile world.

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Fuat Y.

    From beginning to the end, it was full of knowledge, was such a wonderful experience, thanks to Pat and Walt, and to all attendees, see you soon in another meeting,

    2 · April 25, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    Come to that, does anyone want to carpool from Sunnyvale?

    April 23, 2013

    • Sri P.

      From Sunnyvale? Absolutely!

      April 23, 2013

  • Michael M.

    Does anyone want to car pool from Berkeley?

    April 23, 2013

  • Alpana S.

    Fascinating topic!

    2 · April 22, 2013

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