Let’s try something different today. I’d like to tell you a story. To do it justice, I won’t write about it. Instead, I’ll share a video where I told this story to an agile group here in Silicon Valley, and it began as I wrestled with several questions:
- Can data help our teams improve? If so, what kind of data?
- How do we responsibly use this data?
- Can metrics help the teams and the organization embrace a culture of experimentation?
- Data isn’t enough. How can we tie it to the motivations and passions of our team members?
In the video below, I share my experiences as I attempt to answer these questions while I worked with the teams at Study.com. However, before we begin, I want to mention a few things:
- I owe a debt of gratitude to Troy Magennis for inspiring this journey. Thank you, Troy.
- I recorded this talk with the Silicon Valley Agile Leadership Network (SVALN). If you’re in the Valley and not part of our group, I encourage you to join.
- Click on the embedded video at the bottom to watch it straight through or click ‘watch’ from the table below, which will open a new tab at the proper time stamp.
- Unfortunately, it’s hard to hear questions from the group. In retrospect, I should have had a mic roaming the crowd.
- For a copy of the slide deck, click here.
|0:00||Who am I?||watch|
|2:12||Is there a relationship between leading Marines and agility?||watch|
|5:41||What metric matters most?||watch|
|7:41||Why is frequent delivery of our product so important?||watch
|9:50||Where did our story about metrics begin?||watch|
|12:30||What are attributes of good and bad metrics? What did we hope to achieve?||watch|
|15:05||What metrics are our teams using?||watch|
|32:04||How are these metrics foster a culture of experimentation?||watch|
|35:45||What have we learned?||watch|
|40:55||Where did we go wrong? What's up next?||watch|
|43:03||Final thoughts, question & answer||watch|
That’s all for today. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.