A Metrics Model to Measure the Impact of an Agile Transformation in Large Software Development Organizations

Jeanette Heidenberg, Max Weijola, Kirsi Mikkonen, and Ivan Porres

Research Paper


As the adoption of agile and lean methods continues to grow, measuring the effects of such a transformation can be valuable but challenging due to the many variables influencing the outcome of a software project. In this paper we present a metrics model developed for measuring the effects of an agile and lean transformation on software development organizations. The model was developed iteratively in cooperation with industry partners within the Cloud Software Finland research project. The resulting metrics model is applicable to projects of any size, complexity and scope, using metrics that support agile and lean values. The model can be used to measure both past and ongoing projects, regard- less of whether the process model used is plan driven or agile. In order to evaluate the metrics model, the proposed model has been piloted in an industry setting. We aim to further apply the metrics model in case studies with different industrial partners.


Jeanette Heidenberg (1,2,3), Max Weijola (1,2), Kirsi Mikkonen (3), and Ivan Porres (1,2)
1 Abo Akademi University, Department of Information Technologies, Joukahaisenkatu 3-5 A, 20520 Turku, Finland, Givenname.Surname@abo.fi
2 Turku Centre for Computer Science, Joukahaisenkatu 3-5 B, 20520 Turku, Finland
3 Ericsson R&D Center Finland, Hirsalantie 11, 02420 Jorvas, Finland, Givenname.Surname@ericsson.com