Agile Velocity – Don’t Take It Serious

Velocity – Its a metric, but not a metric to take serious.  This is my opinion!

  • Is it beneficial to skip story points or think of each story as 1 point?
  • Would it be okay to capture velocity, but tie zero goals or KPI’s to it?
  • Do we need to hide velocity from managers and PM’s?
  • Would it be okay to focus on building cool solutions and not worry about all these metrics?
  • Do we do what works in regards to sprints and capacity for the team?
  • How about we NOT measure team productivity by velocity, but rather deliverable’s!!


Dojo Learning – Thoughts!

So what is Dojo Learning?  The concept originated at Target as an immersive learning approach to help drive agile adoption.

For a great explanation, please read “The Target Dojo“.

Below are some of my thoughts around the Dojo learning program.

  • You are in the Dojo for 2 things.
    • Learn and develop Agile skills
    • Deliver on current work initiatives that add customer value
  • You must enter the Dojo with an open mindset and be willing to break old habits and adapt new ones.
  • The Dojo rooms themselves allow all team members to sit together in a collaborative environment.  Monitors can be setup to accommodate remote users as needed.
  • The Dojo will usually have a dedicated coach\guide to help facilitate the Agile transformation journey.
  • The team must be able to self-organize and adapt.  A key concept of Agile is the ability for a team to be agile itself.
  • During the Dojo journey, the team will focus on learning Agile methods through shorter iterations, thus giving the team more repetitions.
  • The Dojo journey is usually 1 – 2 months
  • The initial iteration length is usually 2 – 3 days long, not 2 – 3 weeks.
  • The shorter iterations allow for more experimentation and learning, thus allowing the teams to pivot more quickly.  (MVP)

This is a great way to facilitate learning and seems to really bring energy to the teams!