In Chapter 22 of SSA, Measuring Business Performance, I described a set of metrics that a team can use to assess their current state of agility, and with ongoing reassessment, they can monitor their progress over time. It’s a detailed, 60+ point criteria survey that is intended to measure all material aspects of team level agility. It can serve as both a survey as well as a checklist of things you can be working to improve. To give you a sense of the survey, a snippet measuring the product owner process is shown below:
|Backlog prioritized and ranked by business value|
|Backlog estimated at gross level|
|Product owner defines acceptance criteria for stories|
|Product owner and stakeholders participate at iteration and release planning|
|Product owner and stakeholders participate at iteration and release review|
|Product owner collaboration with team is continuous|
|Stories sufficiently elaborated prior to planning meetings|
|Total Product Ownership Score|
If you’d like to see the full survey, I posted it on the Resource page or you can download it here:
I suggested that these metrics be applied as a self assessment, to avoid the “process police” overtones that could arise if others became too closely involved in a team’s self-managed ongoing process improvement. Since publication and since I’ve been blogging on enterprise level transformations, I’ve also seen the survey used in advance of a rollout, to assess the readiness of a team or enterprise for an agile transformation.
In either case, the survey appears to be pretty useful and I’ve had many requests to get it in Excel form so you don’t have to go through the brain damage of building one from scratch. I intended to post the Excel file here, but since WordPress doesn’t currently support Excel file types, if you just shoot me an email, I’ll be happy to send you a copy.
Sorry for the overhead.