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August 2021 - Philippe - Bye bye velocity. How Kanban metrics can be an alternative to story points & velocity

Friday, August 20, 2021 -
11:45am to 1:00pm

11:45 - 11:50: Virtual meeting opens
11:50 - 12:00: Welcome & Chapter announcements
12:00 - 1:00:  Presentation

Bye bye velocity. How Kanban metrics can be an alternative to story points & velocity


Estimates, story points, and velocity are the most common technique to answer the question "When will it be done?". However, these practices sometimes prove to be a subject of a dispute which does not allow the real productivity of a team to be recognized at its true value. The #noestimate movement or recent publications like “Escape Velocity” by Doc Norton demonstrate the limits of these Agile practices.

The 2019 Agile Survey by VersionOne highlights that one of the benefits of agility is to improve team predictability. How is it that we reject these Agile practices that should allow us to achieve this benefit?
Is there a more appropriate alternative to answer the question "When will it be done?" for the next decade in agility? In my opinion, the answer is yes and it is inside Kanban metrics.

During this participatory virtual event, Louis-Philippe will explain the Kanban metrics for Agile or DevOps teams. Although the Kanban delivery strategy is highly recommended in DevOps mode, unfortunately, its metrics are hardly used in our profession. Louis-Philippe, therefore, wishes to share its value with participants. Back at their workplace, Louis-Philippe hopes that participants will have new tools to answer the customer’s famous question "When will it be done?"

Learning Objectives:​

  • Understand the relevance of Kanban for Agile or DevOps teams
  • Understand how to use Kanban as an alternative to velocity and story points.
  • Learn new tools to deduce when work items will be done.



Louis-Philippe is deep in Kanban and lean.  He is a long-time trainer with Scrum.org and a ProKanban.org trainer.  In 2018 he worked with Scrum.org to drive the development of the PSK class. He helped Kanban expert Daniel Vacanti perfect the PSK class by relating how this class can optimize Scrum teams' work.  
Louis-Philippe has 20 years of experience in the software industry, helping organizations align business needs with IT delivery. He not only teaches classes but is one of the top Kanban implementation consultants in the world.  He holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and a business certificate from Sherbrooke University.


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August 2021 Chapter Meeting
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