Using Metrics to Understand Agile Project Health

Anthony Crain | 01:45 – 03:00


This session will walk through real metrics from real agile projects and show how we use these metrics to understand Productivity, Quality and Scope.

There will be a lot of interaction in the session, showing a metric and asking the audience to explain how they might use the metric, and also to judge the health of the project containing that metric.

Metrics are only useful if they lead to corrective action when yellow or red. In fact well defined metrics need to explain the default corrective action path.

The metrics will not only be useful and actionable, but it takes teams without any agile tools a mere 10-30 minutes per iteration to collect the necessary data for the metrics we will share.


Anthony has worked at IBM Rational leading iterative projects, agile projects and organizational change efforts for over fifteen years. He is known for his outstanding mentoring and teaching abilities, clearly explaining the practical side to theoretical concepts in an exciting manner.

He has introduced thousands of people to iterative, agile and other engineering topics at multiple internal IBM events, at seven Rational User’s Conferences, the Rational European Technical Conference (where he had the privilege of presenting six times and was rated the best speaker), to over 800 IBM partners, at the Share conference, at the IEEE conference and in private and public training venues including as a Keynote Speaker.  His audience sizes have ranged from 6 to 300 people, from every development discipline and to every level from practitioner to VPs and CxOs.

He has led transformations in many diverse industries including commercial banking, software development, automotive, healthcare, financial, government, retail, automated controls, manufacturing, power, telecom, home mortgage and more.