September 12, 2016 – Agile: Beyond the basics

Barrett Simms

Barrett Simms


Agile makes a promise to deliver high-quality software faster and cheaper than other methods. This talk is about that promise. The true value of Agile only is apparent once all the practices are in place (yes, even the hard ones.) Agile gives strong metrics which allow teams to make actionable decisions. The results of those decisions have an effect on the metrics allowing further refinement.

Some of the metrics we will cover are:

  • ·       Code Coverage
  • ·       Unblock Rate
  • ·       Defect Kill Rate
  • ·       QA Tracing
  • ·       Velocity

This talk will show much of the data I’ve collected on 8 companies with 11 different teams using Agile practices coupled with modern software development practices. Leadership positions will especially gain valuable insights to target areas for improvement. Making changes is easy. However, assessing the value of change can be tricky. By tracking the effect of changes, they can be modified in a pragmatic and intelligent manner.


About Barrett

Barrett Simms is a senior management and technology expert with over 2 decades in software product development. He has overseen project management, software development processes, and technology for the last 10 years. He focuses on the business of software development leading to reduced cost, time-to-market, and high quality. He is a prolific technology writer and presenter on advanced Agile practice management and core software development fundamentals. During his spare time, you can find him in his personal electronic lab creating hardware prototypes. He serves as the Lead Solution Architect at ClearLaunch in Austin, TX.

The talk will take place at Microsoft Austin office from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 9/12/2016.