Better Software West 2018 Concurrent Session : The Impact of Agile Quantified


Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The Impact of Agile Quantified

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For years, people have made recommendations for how to develop software in an agile way based almost entirely on intuition, folklore, and anecdotes. They've never been able to quantitatively show the accuracy or applicability of these recommendations. This session quantifies those recommendations in the most precise and objective terms, including a presentation of general findings in Larry Maccherone's research correlating agile practices to performance along the dimensions of productivity, predictability, quality, and time to market. These data can be used to make general decisions about what to focus on. The presentation also includes the numbers, so that instead of just saying that A is better than B, we can say that A is a 24 percent improvement in quality but a 10 percent reduction in productivity compared to B. You'll be able to plug in your own economic model and make informed tradeoff decisions, with the data to back you up.

Larry Maccherone

An industry-recognized thought leader on lean/agile, analytics, and DevSecOps, Larry Maccherone currently serves as principal for his namesake consulting firm where he has worked with clients like Comcast, IBM, Adobe, Oracle, USAA, and Intuit. Previously at Rally Software, Larry led the insights product line which enabled better decisions with data, leveraged big data techniques to conduct groundbreaking research, and offered the first-ever agile performance benchmarking capability. Before Rally, Larry worked at Carnegie Mellon with the Software Engineering Institute and CyLab for seven years conducting research on cybersecurity and software engineering. Contact Larry at LinkedIn.