Mike Cohn inspires a lot of my work. In fact, when I began this blog years back, Mike stopped by and offered a piece of advice on my first blog post that has stuck with me. He said he’d often track the number of questions he’d ask and compare it to the number of statements he’d make. If there were more questions than statements, it was a good conversation. And that’s where today’s blog post about metrics for the sprint review begins.
These aren’t metrics in the traditional sense. They’re also not vanity or actionable metrics as Eric Ries writes about in the Lean Startup. Instead, I’d call them trivia metrics. They’re useful talking points based in reality instead of the abstract, and they’re meant to drive home observations from the sprint review.[Read more…]