Metrics for Understanding Flow

About this Publication

When adopting agile and lean approaches in our company, one goal for teams and organizations is to achieve a smooth end-to-end flow of work through the system. This paper presents a useful set of metrics that reveal how work is flowing. It describes four metrics we find useful: Cumulative Flow, Throughput Analysis combined with Demand Analysis, Cycle Time and Lead Time.

About the Author

Ken is an engineering leader with more than 20 years’ experience in global software engineering organizations. His current focus is working with intelligent autonomous systems, including software for self-driving cars and edge devices. His specialties include software engineering, architecture, artificial intelligence, complex adaptive systems, sensemaking, strategy, agile development, and large-scale transformation. He is a regular speaker on these topics at leading international conferences. He has published more than 35 peer-reviewed papers and hold patents in virtualization and network management technology. He has been working with agile and lean approaches to product development since 1999. Contact him at