What are Metrics?
Your Pipe’s Metrics, which you can basically see as productivity reports, are the easiest way to track how your Pipe is doing. Here are some examples of what you can track:
- Whether the number of Cards in your pipe is increasing or decreasing over time;
- If your Pipe is delivering as expected;
- Amount of Cards that got marked as 'late';
- Amount of Cards that got marked as 'expired'.
How to read Metrics?
In the header of each Pipe, you can find the ‘Metrics’-tab. Your Pipe’s Metrics will reveal everything about how your Pipe is performing.
To better help you understand how it works, let’s assume a Team Task Management Pipe. As soon as you click Metrics, 2 graphs appear: Happening Now and Cumulative Flow. Before digging deeper into the two graphs, let’s explore the options a little.
The information you wish to see on your graphs can relate to the Pipe’s lifetime (forever), but also to specific periods of time – say, Today, Yesterday or the Past Month.
That being said, here’s what’s ‘Happening Now’ over the Lifetime of my Team Task Management Pipe:
This graph simply shows you what’s going on in terms of cards being On Time in any phase, Late in any Phase, Expired (meaning they are too long in the Pipe), or Done.
Scrolling down, you can find your Cumulative Flow. Here’s where things get interesting. Your Cumulative Flow, namely, shows you the amount of Cards in each of your Phases.
The first four Phases are the ‘Active’ phases, or cards that are not completed yet. The first thing you see then is that the blue area is quite big, when related to the purple (Backlog), green (Sprint) and orange (Doing) areas. This blue area is the ‘On hold’ phase, where cards that cannot be completed yet are being put. It’s clear now that the bottleneck of your Team Task Management Pipe is ‘On hold’ – so now you can start investigating why it is that a lot of Cards are on hold.