“Making the value of Agility measurable”

We’re thrilled to be welcoming Patricia Kong from Scrum.org who will both lead a workshop and make a keynote contribution to Agile Munich. While Patricia’s workshop will be about Nexus, one of the leading frameworks used to implement Agility at scale, Patricia Kong will also be introducing an entirely new framework by Scrum.org. Evidence-Based Management is a framework developed by Scrum.org to help organizations measure, manage, and increase the value they derive from their product delivery. This will be the focus of her keynote presentation during Agile Munich 2019.


“Most of the audience who are involved in scaling Agile will know Nexus. It will make sense. The potential of Scrum is evident for the small team, but when one team becomes many teams, you need something to keep them in sync. Many have embraced Nexus as an organic approach with a lighter touch to scaling Agile.


New Evidence-Based Management

Less is known about Evidence-Based Management – and I’m excited to come and shed some light on it. The benefits of Agility are widely sung, but what businesses needed was a way to make its contribution measurable in hard data. What we’ve observed over the past two decades is that companies are adopting agile, but our ways to calculate value are still based on waterfall assumptions.


So, we sat down at Scrum.org and focused first on simple questions: how do we measure value in an Agile environment? What are valuable contributions to a team? What are valuable innovations? How do we articulate potential value versus realized value? Then we drilled down. And down. And further down to get to the most necessary yet key aspects. The result is EBM, and we expect it will have a substantial impact on businesses: on the way they monitor their own performance, on the way they report on results, and further upwards, on the way they work.


Optimizing value delivery requires integrating the work of multiple Scrum Teams and ensuring that the entire organization can absorb the frequent product innovations coming from those teams.


Four areas of focus

EBM focuses on four areas where value manifests itself. Current Value measures value that can be delivered to a customer today; Unrealized Value measures potential value, so value that could be realized by meeting all the customer or user’s needs. The Ability to Innovate measures, well, the organization’s ability to deliver a new capability that might better serve a customer or user need; finally, Time to Market is just what it says; the time required to make innovations or improvements available.


Hot off the press

We just published the Evidence-Based Management Guide, a pretty simple handbook for introducing the new framework in your own organization. And for an easy introduction, just visit my contribution to Agile Munich 2019.”


More information?

To get to know more about Patricia Kong or about Scrum, Nexus and EBM, visit Scrum.org. To reserve your seat at Agile Munich 2019, visit agilemunich.com or contact us. It’s already looking to be a memorable event, with an impressive line-up waiting to present. See you there!


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