Mapping metrics for agile project performance

systematic literature review


  • José da Silva Azanha Neto Universidade Nove de Julho
  • Renato Penha Universidade Nove de Julho
  • Marcelo Luiz do Amaral Gonçalves Universidade Nove de Julho



Software Development, Agile and Traditional Metrics, Scrum, Kanban


In a competitive context where organizations need to deliver products or services through agile project management, a process in which metrics become important inputs for project control and monitoring. What is sought in this article is to understand whether there are organizations that, despite conducting agile projects, use project control through the use of traditional metrics. In addition, it seeks to understand whether the use of predictive project metrics hinder the vision and work of corporate leadership to make decisions in agile projects. The objective of this article was to map which are the metrics used to measure the performance of traditional and agile projects. As a methodological strategy, a Systematic Literature Review was adopted to assist in mapping and evaluating a specific intellectual structure to develop a body of knowledge. For data collection, the Web of Science and Scopus databases were used. 83 articles were found and the results showed that traditional projects continue to control projects with traditional metrics, such as Earned Value Management (EVM). In agile projects, the most common metrics are metrics associated with product backlog, delivery and product quality. This study contributes to other studies that wish to identify the metrics used between the different project management approaches and guide new research for future work.


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