Using ISBSG Data to Calculate Agile Velocity

by Thomas Fehlmann

Software Developers can face difficulties in predicting the functional size of the finished product, without a plan.   It is important for Agile teams to have the ability to calculate their velocity. Agile Velocity is normally measured by story points.  However, story points are not a size but an effort metric and velocity refers to size not effort.

This talk explains how the ISBSG database can be used to determine velocity in terms of size, based on the story points assigned to story cards. No additional metrics are needed except some automated COSMIC counting.  The approach uses the powerful concept of transfer functions, and also the Buglione-Trudel matrix for determining story cards priorities.

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