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Everything you want to know about Agile by Jamie Lynn Cooke

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CHAPTER 11: MEASURING AGILE SUCCESS

Monitoring progress

Agile approaches work on the basis that the best way for the department to monitor the progress of work is not to receive endless status reports from the project team, but to review the fully functional, fully tested capabilities delivered by the team in each iteration (i.e. the tangible outputs of the team’s work) as the primary measure of progress. This is because status reports are often time-consuming, generally sanitized for management review and can be designed to give the reader of the report a false sense of security that things are progressing on track. Tangible outputs, on the other hand, are irrefutable indicators of the ongoing success or failure of each project team’s activities. ...

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