The #1 Tool Every Agile Coach Should Have in Their Toolkit
One of the early advocates of Nave recently shared with me that our analytics suite is the most invaluable secret weapon in his toolkit as an agile coach.
Now, I might be just a little bit biased, but I wholeheartedly agree.
Let me break down the top three reasons why incorporating Nave’s solution into your arsenal is a game-changer.
Top 3 Reasons Nave’s Solution is the Ultimate Competitive Advantage for Agile Coaches
Let’s explore the top 3 benefits of adding Nave’s analytics suite to your toolbox and how it will make a huge difference in achieving the business outcomes you’re after.
#1 Make Reliable Delivery Commitments
You need a dependable tool for making accurate delivery forecasts, especially when it comes to long-term projects.
You already know that counting hours or story points won’t make it. You know you need an approach that is less time-consuming and, more importantly, reliable.
It should be grounded in actual facts, not assumptions. One that will enable everyone, from interns to seniors, to come up with reliable commitments.
With Nave, you can do both, forecast the single-item delivery and project delivery in just a couple of minutes.
Here’s the thing:
Probabilistic forecasting is one of the most reliable approaches that you can take to answer the question “When will this be done?”.
It is based on your past performance data, and it takes into account all the waiting time in your system. My point? It is faster, cheaper, and much more reliable than any other approach out there.
#2 Plan the Work for Your Next Iteration
You need a tool to help you determine how much work your teams can deliver in their next iteration.
Not just to give you an option, but multiple options backed up with the probability that you’ll be able to meet them.
Whether an item will take 5 points or 8 points is beside the point. The real concern is not the effort required to develop the work but rather the actual time your team needs to deliver it.
Delivery time and effort time are not the same thing. Delivery time includes coordination time, new work coming in between time, time spent on bottlenecks, blockers, and defects, just to name a few. Your delivery time will always exceed your effort time.
Our goal now is to assess all the variability around the waiting time in our process to mitigate the risk of failure.
Because that’s what probabilistic forecasting is all about:
Managing risks effectively and making sure we deliver on our commitments.
Again, there are no assumptions here. We only use our teams’ historical performance to provide reliable answers.
#3 Continuously Improve Your Processes
Most importantly, you need a tool that will enable you to constantly optimize your processes.
Where are the opportunities for improvement? What is slowing you down? What is that low-hanging fruit that will lead to massive results in your business outcomes?
We are moving the focus here from managing people to managing the work because you already know that it’s not about headcounts.
Delivering results is a collaborative effort and not an individual one. You need to manage the process of delivering results and let people self-organize around this process not the other way around.
Let me tell you a little-known fact about our analytics suite:
In its core, it is a process optimization tool. It enables you to improve your processes to build better products faster, establish an environment of continuous improvement, and leave the company culture a better place than you found it.
And isn’t that the main responsibility of every agile coach?
My friend, I hope that by now you already know how important it is to have our analytics suite in your toolkit. So here’s your action item:
Explore your teams’ dashboards, and your executive dashboard, and start making reliable data-driven decisions that will move the needle and set you up for success in the long run.
I wish you a productive week ahead, and I’ll see you next week, same time and place for more managerial goodness. Bye for now.
Meet the Author
Sonya Siderova is a passionate product manager and a driving force behind Nave, a Kanban analytics suite that helps teams improve their delivery speed through data-driven decision making. When she's not catering to her two little ones, you might find Sonya absorbed in a good heavyweight boxing match or behind a screen crafting a new blog post.