How to Measure Velocity

Learn about Velocity, including how to measure it, and leverage it in dashboards and visualizations with Metabase.

What is Velocity?

Velocity is a measurement that helps teams visualize the average completion rate of user stories to predict the speed that sprints should be completed in the future. Velocity is a subjective measure, but it still serves the purpose to set realistic expectations when teams are doing a sprint. You should use velocity wisely, however. Attempting to increase your velocity by force can create mistrust in your teams, leading to unhappy developers. Since you’re measuring time vs effort, you’ll need to be conscious that not every sprint is the same. Every situation is unique and your developers aren’t robots, so don’t make it a habit to use velocity as a way to set goals.

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How to calculate Velocity

To determine velocity, you’ll make a flow chart showing the relationship between your story points and your sprint times. Essentially, you’re comparing your team’s time to their effort. You want to make a visible timeline of previous sprints so that you can easily begin to notice patterns.

Other KPIs to measure related to Velocity

  • Code Simplicity
  • Commit to Deploy Time
  • Cost Performance Indicator
  • F1 Score
  • Flow Efficiency
  • Issue Resolution Time
  • Machine Learning Performance
  • Production Incidents
  • Queue Time

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