Doc Norton

Doc is a Pluralsight Author, Clean Coders contributor, frequent blogger, international keynote speaker, and coach.

Once a dedicated code slinger, Doc has turned his energy toward helping teams, departments, and companies work better together in the pursuit of better software. Working with a wide range of companies such as Groupon, Nationwide Insurance, Belly, and Ford, Doc has applied tenants of agile, lean, systems thinking, and host leadership to develop highly effective cultures and drastically improve their ability to deliver valuable software and products. Doc is also the author of “Escape Velocity: Better Metrics for Agile Teams”. You can find his book in bookstores everywhere –  


Topic: “Escape Velocity – Better Metrics for Agile Teams”


If your team uses velocity for planning but you don’t find it very useful, this session is for you. If your manager or scrum master or other pseudo-authority figure keeps obsessing over your velocity, this session is for you. If you want to know about better ways to forecast when a piece of work will be done or how to gather data that actually helps your team, this session is for you. Doc Norton shares stories and science detailing why velocity isn’t a very good metric talk about some common velocity anti-patterns and shares what metrics you could use instead. You’ll be able to better forecast when work will be done and you’ll be better able to diagnose issues with your process and work toward correcting them.