October 15, 2018
. . . The Agile Tour is back. . .
Last year we celebrated the Dedication of the General Meade Statue in Philadelphia. This year we must note that the International Agile Tour which our Fall Conference is part of is now celebrating its tenth year anniversary. http://www.agiletour.org
The Date of the Conference falls on the anniversary of the last Lincoln Douglas Debate, Oct 15, 1837 in Alton, Illinois a mere 180 years ago. But instead we choose to honor an equally significant and more recent event in Boston.
This year, we point to a commemorative plaque in our sister city of Boston which notes the sixtieth anniversary of the first use of the SMOOT measurement system.
This plaque commemorates the first use of the SMOOT measurement system developed by MIT back in October 1958. Oliver Smoot was but a lowly freshman at Lambda Chi Alpha when he developed the SMOOT measurement system.
He graduated in 1962, but his fame lives on.
Smoot, who was at the time the shortest pledge in the Fraternity's pledge class at 5ft 7in, went on to become chairman of the American National Standards Institute and president of the International Organization for Standardization.
SO THE THEME of this year's October Conference is
Measurements . . . Measuring Units like Tee Shirt Sizes . . . Dollars . . . Value Determination . . .Intangible Value
What we measure . . . Function Points . . Risk . . . Velocity ?
Should we measure everything ? . . . like how should we Measure Employees ? Should we in fact Measure Employees? Should we measure Teams ? . . .
How should Agile as methods be measured ? How can "progress" be measured ? How can we measure the progress of Agile in a changing industry?
-==== And so here are some quotes to make us think =====-
“People don’t do what’s EXPECTED. They do what’s INSPECTED. “
- Mark Yarbro commenting at https://www.scruminc.com/waterfall-doesnt-scale
But conversely, lets remember what these wise men actually said:
"It is wrong to suppose that if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it – a costly myth."
- W Edward Deming quotes.deming.org/10147
“Data are of course important in manufacturing, but I place the greatest emphasis on facts.”
– Taiichi Ohno
Our current project at AgilePhilly this year is to find out the equivalent measurement of the 38th Street Bridge on the Univ of Pennsylvania Campus here in Philadelphia, so stay tuned.