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Project Quality Dashboard

In this article we walkthrough how you can assess the quality of a project in Hansoft.

We apply the same principle you can do a single backlog - it should be Detailed appropriately, Estimated, Emergent and Prioritised (DEEP). To learn more about this concept, please check out this article by Roman Pichler who founded this concept for Product Backlogs. In addition to this a key metric is how much work that is In progress at any given time.

Work in progress

This chart shows how the work-in-progress is varying over time. The challenge that many projects struggles with is the focus on starting new work rather than finishing early.

Filter: The project.

Dimension #1: Historical data (click on this dimension to set the Forecasting automatic into the future to see the trend)

Dimension #2: Status completion, filtered on In Progress

Measure: Number of items

Since we are using Historical data, it is likely you will have to wait a few days to see the results.

An consistent upwards trend is a clear warning sign. This will increase the average lead time to finish work.

Detailed Appropriately + Prioritized

This chart is aiming to make you understand if the project is broken down in a reasonable level and if the right items are broken down. 

Filter: The project.

Dimension: The priority column for each view (Product backlog priority / bug priority / sprint backlog priority)

Measure: The relevant estimate column for the view (Points / Estimated days / work remaining etc). Note: click on this measure and select to see the average value.

What this gives you is an idea of if the items that are given highest priority on average is the smallest or the largest.

Pro tip: Add a report as a filter that filters to only include user stories or similar items that represents business value to make it even more relevant.

Below is an example of how the result might look like for a product backlog. We learn that the average 'very high priority' item is just above 6 estimated days while the other priorities are slightly higher which is typically a good thing. We can also see that we have un-prioritized items that are estimated (and smaller) which can be brought up as a retrospective question if they can be given priority:

 

Estimated

This chart will help you understand how large part of your project that is estimated. You must first create two reports. Create one that filters everything that is estimated and one that filters everything that is not estimated. Here is an example of the report definition to find all items that have an estimate:

 

We can then use this report in a chart to get an overview of how much of the project that we have given an estimate:

Filter: The project - you probably want to select to only see the backlog or planning view as the estimation technique tend to differ between the two views.

Measure 1: Number of items. Add the report filtering out all items that are estimated and then rename the measure.

Measure 2: Number of items. Add the report filtering out the items that are not estimated instead.

 

 

Emergent

Running a project in Hansoft is all about making decisions and making sure that the plan is representing reality and not vice versa. If this is the case can typically quickly be visualized by showing how the project changes over time.

Filter: The project.

Dimension: Historical data and Status completion

Measure: Number of items

Let's take a look at the example below. Here there is very little progress for more than a week and then suddenly we add a lot of more work without anything being finished. Is adding more scope really the best idea for a project like this?

 

There it is! An overview of how to create a dashboard to assess the quality of a project in Hansoft.

 

If you have any questions or challenges to set this up, please reach out to us and we would be happy to help you in an online session or via e-mail.

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