Flow items in SW development

  • Features: New business value.
  • Defects: Quality.
  • Risks: Compliance and security.
  • Technical Debts.

Flow Metrics:

  • Result oriented metrics, like revenue and cost, not proxy metrics for value creation like deploys per day.
  • Agile and DevOps metrics lie a layer down below the Flow FW.

Flow Distribution:

  • Distribution of the four flow items is the critical metrics for aligning value streams to business strategy.
  • Flow Distribution trade-off are understandable to business stakeholders that have no IT background.

Flow Velocity:

  • Accelerate metrics not as important if your bottleneck is not deployment automation.