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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

2 Easy Ways to Show Percent Complete in Agile Method


1. Plain old Metrics

The above is pretty easy to understand, but the percent complete field comes from the total number of story points in a given feature (the pure sum of the points belonging to stories within a feature) and the number of points for features that have had all stories complete.

There is your number, viola. Is it accurate? As long as nothing is added to the feature, sure I guess it is as accurate as anything can be given context. The better question might be “is it wrong or misleading” and the answer would be “depends, but you are not lying or misrepresenting what you are being asked for.” If I ask you to poke me in the eye, you might do a really good job at it and blind me, but does that mean you completed a valid task? Depends on who you ask, their mental state, their goal, and a number of things but overall – yeah, you did. Thanks a lot.

2. Colors…

People like colors. With this method you get not only more detail but what might be a more accurate (or complete) view of what is complete. Your “not started” line will look smaller, but that is not a function of misrepresentation, only of the technique. “In Progress” might mean it just started or that it is almost done, but it is just a tool.

Something besides Excel would be better than this, as the legend states (may a .mpp format although your PMPs might freak) because your Story Points could be numbered left to right with a degree of accuracy that I cannot provide at the moment. Again, the goal is the same. You get the block which represents features but the WIP (Work In Progress) exists as something real and tangible. For the overall Epic, you could, in theory, have a giant list of these that together spelled out the whole shebang and I do expect this may only serve to elicit “so, how close are we?” at which point you can either stare like a gopher who just popped his head out of his hole or be almost as cool as a quick draw cowboy and whip out the first diagram.

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