Its either Good …. or its Bad

I was reminded today that us humans tend to want to immediately interpret everything.  Is a high capacity utilization desirable or not, what is the correct number?  As Agilists we need measurements in order to control and improve all our processes – but what should be measured, and what do the measurements mean?

Sometimes you just don’t know.  Sometimes you have to measure things and see if the statistics tell you a story – and sometimes this can take a while.

This goes against the (new traditional) grain in two ways – in Agile we don’t like waste, and measuring for measurements sake stinks of waste…and also as humans we need to interpret everything….is that good, or bad…what does it MEAN?

Sometimes though you have to be patient and let the data speak for itself.

Paul Osborn

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