Velocity and Story Points

Velocity based on story points and measuring a team progress/productivity based on that velocity is a foundation-less metric. It may be okay for teams to do quick estimate which will save time and to move forward to focus on delivery of value, but any correlation to anything whatsoever with story points and measuring velocity will enable teams to spin around and make teams and organizations feel happy that they are agile; underlying dysfunctions will continue. On top of this to add fuel to dysfunctional behaviors, consultants and consulting companies find useful to use these buzz words of velocity to sell velocity to unsuspecting clients who really aspire to transform, to change, and to improve the bottom line of their business organization, but they end up following a mirage through the metric called velocity calculated based on the story points and, therefore, they will never be able to discover the true metric that is needed for their teams and organization.

Any velocity based metric based on story points will never going to help any teams or organizations to improve their bottom line.

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It would be interesting to extend this further as regards velocity in a multi-team value stream, perhaps with many shared services and specialized technology platform teams thrown in. It’s a fool’s errand to estimate in story points in such an environment where typically single digit flow efficiency is the rule; even low single digit!

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We will extend this further. We already have good approach through the TameFlow approach and actionable metrics. Perhaps, we could extend with some other ideas that fit to the context.

Isn’t this simply to measure at higher granularity? Eg. stories at team level, MOVEs/PBI/Epics at VS level and Initiatives/Projects at Portfolio level? I don’t understand what extension is necessary.