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Metrics can build trust, communicate progress, expose problems and illustrate the effectiveness of process improvements. For these reasons, measuring and reporting should be at the heart of every project, and agile projects are no exception. This article discusses measuring and reporting the progress of agile projects, noting that agile projects often require their own tailored metrics. It explains how agile metrics can be reported more frequently because agile delivers projects via a series of small sprints. It identifies the types of information that should be delivered to each member of a stakeholder group. Then, the article overviews how to segment agile metrics for four common groups: team members, executive sponsors, internal stakeholders and external stakeholders and clients. Accompanying the article are three sidebars: The first compares waterfall metrics versus agile metrics; the second lists strategies to learn what additional information will earn buy-in from stakeholders; and the third discusses n
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