How to Measure Performance on Agile Projects
Performance management is key to successful projects. However, traditional management methods are grounded on the principle of stable requirements and scope. But Agile projects, by nature, do not have stable requirements. In fact, with agile projects, scope is supposed to be volatile, to evolve continuously, and be redefined/reprioritized with each iteration. This poses a challenge to any management method grounded on the principle of stable requirements and scope.
The Earned Value Management (EVM) method, while widely acknowledged as the most complete and rigorous approach — widely accepted in projects with stable requirements — is often presumed to be inappropriate for Agile environments. But logic and practice demonstrate that this assumption is incorrect, and that EVM can be applied to an Agile working process. But, how?
In this all-new webinar, Cutter Senior Consultant Alexandre Rodrigues discusses how a shift in perspective and reassertion of some key principles of project management can make EVM a successful tool for managing performance on Agile projects. Rodrigues discusses:
- Why performance measurement is critically important to manage Agile projects
- Why EVM is ultimately the de facto universal method to measure performance in any type of project
- The common, and the unique, aspects of applying EVM to Agile projects
- The key requirements for producing EVM metrics for an Agile project in a practical manner
- How EVM performance metrics can be used to support project management decisions that gear an Agile project towards maximizing business value.
Rodrigues also provides a practical example that illustrates the concepts, principles and proposed framework for implementing EVM in an agile environment and the basis for measuring performance and better managing projects.