‘Evidence-Based Management’ for software organizations promotes evidence-based decision-making in the managerial domain to create a more sustainable business through improved services in turbulent markets and businesses.
Scrum.org, which has Scrum as its DNA and empiricism as guiding principle, provides guidance for ‘Evidence-Based Management’ for software organizations.
Management typically sets company goals and promotes organizational tactics and practices to best achieve these goals. Their decisions impact the internal organization, users and customers, and the market position. Career opportunities, internal and external satisfaction, revenues, retention, promotions, incentives, employees’ incomes and their well-being are all subject to the effectiveness of managerial decisions.
It can be expected that a professional manager would regularly validate the actual result of a decision against the assumption of the decision; verifies whether, and to what extent, the decision taken actually produces the presumed outcome. Evidence is required to support or contradict the hypothesis underpinning a managerial decision.
- Time to market
- Ability to innovate
Such evidence helps managers justify decisions about how to organize, structure, and finance improved delivery of services.
Human decision-makers can only process a limited amount of information at any point in time; there is no need for hundreds of metrics. Agility Path™ provides a limited, but cohesive, set where:
- The metrics are not only seen as individual data points, but represented as holistic sets.
- Trends and patterns can be observed, not only for the individual data but also for the cohesive sets.
- The metrics are consolidated in an overall ‘Agility Index™ — a speed indicator of an organization’s delivery of value.
Appraisal of the metrics happens against the assumptions underlying the decisions on the addition, improvement, or removal of organizational practices. These practices should ultimately have a positive impact on the outcome and be reflected in the metrics.
Evidence on the adoption and use of organizational practices is gathered in 5 organization-wide domains:
“Process”, “Productivity”, “Value”, “Quality”, and “Enterprise”.
In a context of high unpredictability and considerable change, all evidence needs to be updated and checked regularly against the assumptions.
Feedback loops offering updated evidence help managers redesign organizational practices to better suit changing needs and circumstances. Evidence increases the legitimacy of decisions in the organization and the value a manager represents for the organization.
With Agility Path, Scrum.org has a framework in place that helps organizations increase their enterprise value through ‘Evidence-Based Management’.