How do you compare the productivity, schedules, and quality you achieve with agile practices against those of traditional waterfall projects?  Join Michael to learn how agile and waterfall metrics behave in real projects. Learn to use your own data to move from sketches on a whiteboard to create agile project trends on productivity, time-to-market, and defect rates. Using recent, real-world case studies, Michael offers a practical, expert view of agile measurement, showing you these metrics in action on retrospectives. In hands-on exercises, you will learn to replicate these techniques to make your own comparisons for time, cost, and quality.  You will work in pairs to calculate productivity metrics using the templates Michael employs in his consulting practice.  You will be able to leverage these new metrics to make the case for changing to more Agile practices and creating realistic project commitments within your organization.

  • Use your own data to create agile project trends
  • Learn to make comparisons for time, cost, and quality
  • Take back new ways of communicating the value of agile


Michael Mah, QSM Associates, Inc.

As managing partner at QSM Associates Inc., Michael Mah teaches, writes, and consults to technology companies on measuring, estimating and managing software projects, whether in-house, offshore, waterfall, or agile. He is the director of the Benchmarking Practice at the Cutter Consortium, a Boston-based IT think-tank, and served as past editor of the IT Metrics Strategies publication. With over 25 years of experience, Michael and his partners at QSM have derived productivity patterns for thousands of projects collected in its worldwide database across engineering and business applications. His work examines time-pressure dynamics of teams, and its role in project success and failure. QSM is the creator of the SLIM® model, a suite of models for software release planning, measurement, and estimation. Michael’s background began in physics and electrical engineering at Tufts University and expanded into software. His graduate training was in the field of mediation, facilitation, and dispute resolution at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Michael is also a private pilot and lives in the mountains of western Massachusetts with his two children. He can be reached at