The ratio of points delivered compared to the points committed to is represented by commitment reliability. We can also term it as the Say/Do ratio. The purpose of commitment reliability is to measure the value to the customer. Commitment Reliability greatly emphasizes that everyone in the team mutually understands the delivered points versus the committed points. This Scrum Metric is also measurable in Story Points.
Scrum Masters use this Scrum Metric for informing the team about the workload it should undertake during its sprint planning meeting regarding an upcoming sprint. The team members should engage in an informed conversation if the workload and capacity are in balance together. The unit for measuring capacity utilization is Efforts in hours.
It denotes the comparison between the planned effort (in Estimated Hours) against the actual efforts (in Spent Hours) inside a sprint. The Effort Variance will be positive if the Spent Hours amount is less than the Estimated Hours. And the opposite, the Effort Variance is negative if the number of the Spend Hours is more than the Estimated Hours. Depending on the results, the indicator could be green and spiked up (positive variance) or red and spiked down.
The Positive Variance shows that within a sprint, team members spent less time (in Hours) compared to their Estimation (in Hours).
The Negative Variance shows that within a sprint, team members spend more time (in hours) compared to their Estimation (in Hours).
Scope change represents product backlog items added or removed from the Sprint after the beginning of the Sprint. It also describes the quality of backlog grooming, Sprint, prioritization, and capacity planning. Teams can measure this metric in Story Points.
The Scope change has its benefits and disadvantages. Before implementing this point, the company should consider the pros and cons for its future development.
Defect Leakage represents testing quality. We can measure this metric in Defect Count. Companies use it to identify the efficiency of QA testing. For instance, it is helpful to realize if there are any defects missed during the QA testing. To mitigate these defects, teams usually follow some principles such as regular reporting, good test logging, customer involvement, etc.
Backlog health represents total story points in product backlog compared to the average velocity. It qualitatively shows the backlog grooming and preparation status of a team in a future sprint. A Sprint team should groom its backlog for the next three sprints at a given point in time. It is also possible to measure the Backlog Health in Story Points.
A good product backlog should obtain four main characteristics (DEEP): Estimated, Described appropriately, Emergent, Prioritized. Suppose various parts of the company, such as the Development Team, the Product Owner, and the stakeholders, don’t have a shared vision. In that case, a Product Backlog could appear in a mess, leading to much more severe problems for the company.
Product Backlog refinement is crucial to Estimate the product backlog. The estimation should start from the top. We can define the Product Backlog refinement as adding some details, orders, estimates to the items of the Product Backlog. It is a continuous process. A product owner and development team work together with a scrum master on details of the Product Backlog items.
We can define the Story Point as a metric that Agile Scrum teams use in project management and development to evaluate how complex a given user story is. It is an abstract and relative metric that describes the difficulty level of the user story. It could be about risks, efforts, time, etc. Teams can perform The Story Point estimation at the Product Backlog Grooming Sessions.