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User-Centric Metrics for Agile

Will Hayes and Pat Place discuss the importance of user stories in Agile metrics.

Software Engineering Institute

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Far too often software programs continue to collect metrics for no other reason than that is how it has always been done. This leads to situations where, for any given environment, a metrics program is defined by a list of metrics that must be collected. A top-down, deterministic specification of graphs or other depictions of data required by the metrics program can distract participants from the potentially useful information that the metrics reveal and illuminate. In this SEI Podcast, Will Hayes, who leads the Agile Transformation Team, and Patrick Place, a principal engineer on that team, discuss with principal researcher Suzanne Miller, how user stories can help put development in the context of who is using the system and lead to a conversation about why a specific metric is being collected.

About the Speaker

Patrick Place

Patrick R. Place

Patrick Place is a senior member of the technical staff at the SEI, working in the Software Solutions Division.

Place has been involved in a number of different areas at the SEI, including use of formal methods, requirements elicitation, real time distributed systems communication, domain specific software architectures, COTS-based systems, …

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