What is the defenition of "Focus Factor"?

Last post 01:50 am October 10, 2019
by Karthick Mohanraj
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09:28 am September 25, 2019

Hello,

There is a confusion recently about the "Focus Factor" and its usage.

Understanding 1 : Its the % of availability in a sprint which will be focused on the user story execution - used for Sprint planning.

Understanding 2 : Its the ration between the completed story points Vs the Available Man days in a sprint- calculated for a completed sprint.

Just wanted to understand the real meaning and its usage.

 

Thanks,

Karthick.

05:13 pm September 25, 2019

What is the use of "Focus Factor", where do you need it for? How does having a definition of it help your team improve?

Be aware of the extremely slippery slope you are headed on when using any form of Focus Factor.

Because it is used in a different way in different organizations, I dont think there is a real hard definition.

05:05 am October 4, 2019

Hi Xander Ladage,

Thanks for the valuable response.

In both of my understanding, its related to the time factor which determines the productivity of the team.

Understanding 1 :would help in identifying the time limit which can exactly focused in the execution of the user stories. 

Understanding 2 : to calculate the productivity post the sprint.

If not focus factor, is there any method in scrum, to measure and improve the productivity of the team?

Thanks,

Karthick.

05:01 pm October 4, 2019

If not focus factor, is there any method in scrum, to measure and improve the productivity of the team?

How about the release of actual value into the marketplace, and the evaluation of how well each increment addresses stakeholder needs?

09:22 pm October 4, 2019

In both of my understanding, its related to the time factor which determines the productivity of the team.

Understanding 1 :would help in identifying the time limit which can exactly focused in the execution of the user stories. 

Understanding 2 : to calculate the productivity post the sprint.

@Karthick Mohanraj, What value would come out of micro-managing team productivity? ]

Is it realistically possible to identify the time limit which can exactly focus on executing something? Consider your travel time from your home to your office on a daily basis. If you applied the concept of a focus factor to it, would you really be able to "exactly" define the time it will take for your commute such that your focus factor tends to reach 1.0?

Let us assume you are able to arrive at some number, would that number be applicable the next day, and the day after or the subsequent days after?

Your original was to understand about this concept which confused you and I have to admit it really confused me too. To the extent, In my opinion, it is not a value add and a flawed attempt at making a precise forecast, and there lies the problem too. Can you really make a precise forecast?

01:50 am October 10, 2019

Makes sense.

Thanks for your opinions.