I've used the Happiness Metric with Scrum teams and found it's great for helping teams become more productive.
Here's a simple way to get the metric. At the end of your sprint retrospective, ask each team member to rate how happy they are on a scale of 1 - 5. Then ask, "What would make you happier?" Expect people to give a rapid response. Timebox the answer to sixty seconds.
To deliver working software in two weeks, Agile development requires people to accomplish difficult goals. Write unit tests before writing software, set up continuous integration, click on a button and deploy software to production (aka Continuous Delivery).
Because we're no longer living in the Information Age, and now live in the Age of the Artist, we may do well to learn from artists in the film industry.
In Agile, quality starts with the design and writing of the software. Just as a poorly written email leads to confusion, poorly written code leads to defects.
The goal of Agile is to eliminate defects from the start, not discover them at the end of an iteration. Dean Leffingwell provides a Code Quality Abstract. He describes six engineering practices that build quality in from the start.
When I coach Agile teams on Extreme Programming I use the following diagram to help teams build quality into the code.
Dave, an Agile coach, asks the developer a powerful question, then waits in silence. A few short seconds later a product owner interrupts the silence and says, “Give him a clue. What’s the answer?”
The product owner never saw Dave practicing the invisible skill of silence. Silence gives the developer an opportunity to search for the answer. Dave ignores the impatient product owner. The developer answers the question in a way that enlightens his solution to a problem.
You might say that Etsy is rediscovering what Toyota discovered several decades back, namely, that short cycles of production can be more efficient and effective if they are used for learning. It’s just that Etsy doing it a hundred times faster than in manufacturing.
A relatively brief, loosely narrative written pitch of a story intended for production as a film for theatrical exhibition or television broadcast. Written in user-friendly, dramatic, but straightforward and highly visual prose, in the present tense, the treatment highlights in broad stokes your story's hook, primary characters, acts and action line, setting, point of view, and most dramatic scenes and turning points.
The authors go on to enlighten us about the 16 qualities included in their definition.
Let's consider present tense. The present tense places the audience immediately in the action. Consider this sentence:
"The black limousine hurtles around the corner and slams to a stop at the front steps of the courthouse."
It's in the present tense and it's dramatic. Dramatic qualities include focus, intensity, dialogue, concrete characterization, and, most of all, action.