Stable Teams Really Do Matter
This post is from Agile Pain Relief by Mark Levison. Click here to see the original post in full.
For years now Rally has been performing a large ongoing experiment on the Agile world. As a side effect of providing one of the better known tools they’ve managed to see a lot of data accumulate about what makes an effective Agile team. In a report called “The Impact of Agile Quantified” they’ve sanitized the data and then run some statistical analysis on it.
Here’s what they saw:
- Dedicating Team Members to one team doubles productivity, reduces variance throughput and leads to a small reduction in defects. They note that this is a fairly common practice among teams.
- Stable Teams – keeping a team intact for the long term resulted in 60% more productivity; teams were more predictable and responsive.
- Limiting Work In Progress – reduces defect rates; however, if your WIP limit is already low, reducing it further might affect productivity.
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