RESOURCES

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 POWER has held multiple positions in large technology organizations. His current responsibilities include leading global, large-scale engineering organization transformations. He has been working with agile and lean methods since 1999. He holds patents in virtualization and network management. His main interests include complex adaptive systems, sensemaking, flow-based development, software architecture, distributed systems, artificial intelligence, strategy, engineering management, and leadership. Contact him at ken.power@gmail.com.