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Title: Performance metrics in scrum software engineering companies

Authors: Fernando Almeida; Pedro Carneiro

Addresses: University of Porto, INESC TEC, Faculty of Engineering, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n, 4200-465, Porto, Portugal ' Polytechnic Higher Institute of Gaya, School of Science and Technology, Av. dos Descobrimentos, 333, 4400-103, V.N. Gaia, Portugal

Abstract: Finding effective ways to evaluate the process and a team in software engineering is not a trivial task. Therefore, it is pertinent to study metrics that can be used in Scrum environments to monitor and evaluate the team's progress and support the implementation of improvements. This study explores the relevance of 12 specific metrics applied in a Scrum environment and explores their importance considering multiple dimensions through the adoption of a quantitative methodology based on a survey that received 137 valid answers from Portuguese Scrum professionals. The results allowed us to conclude that the metrics related to the business value delivered and sprint goal success are the most relevant. Furthermore, factors like the number of years of experience of individuals, their role in the Scrum team, and the size of the organisation are factors that influence the perception of the importance of these metrics.

Keywords: scrum; agile; metrics; measurements; software development; software quality.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2021.10041601

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2021 Vol.14 No.2, pp.205 - 223

Received: 27 Jan 2020
Accepted: 14 Aug 2020

Published online: 11 Oct 2021 *

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