My aim with employing agile methods is to improve the effectiveness of the over all system. So I look aspects of the organization that agile methods can move:
value work vs. fixing work
release cycle time
I may look at work satisfaction or retention, but these are often slow moving.
If the work is still coming into teams in a chaotic, half-baked manner, or there are deep technical issues, agile methods alone are probably not be enough to move these dials.
I see "agility assessments" that ask binary questions such as "Does your team have a ScrumMaster," or "Are teams doing retrospectives." Questions like these may measure (surface) compliance. But they aren't particularly helpful in understanding what the issues are, or whether agile methods are moving the trend line on those issues. (Or even if people are doing something that aligns with the core principles of agile.)
What other measures seem useful?
Well, hopefully it won't be too long before we can start churning out whole sets for drafting, maybe even replete with coherent art and flavor text. But just having the cards without flavor or art will be a good enough start, haha.
I call the system Threat or Menace, first because I think that's funny, and second because I'm trying to capture the feeling of superhero comics circa the 80s, when J. Jonah Jameson published the headline "Spider-Man: Threat or Menace?"
Emboldened by the example of and others, I may just go ahead and publish the system this time. It would be neat to get feedback on it.
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