Enter the total number of backlog items delivered and the total number of sprints into the calculator to determine the average agile velocity.
Agile Velocity Formula
The following formula is used to calculate an agile velocity of a business or team.
AV = B / S
- Where AV is the average agile velocity
- B is the total number of backlog items completed
- S is the total number of sprints those backlogs were completed in
Agile Velocity Definition
An agile velocity is defined as the total number of backlog items completed per sprint. This is a term that comes from the Agile business philosophy for running teams more efficiently.
A sprint, in this case, is simply a single project timeline or arbitrary time constraint of work used to block time frames for analyzing performance.
More simply an agile velocity is a measure of a team’s efficiency relative to an expected outcome.
Agile Velocity Example
How to calculate velocity in agile?
First, determine a set of sprints that you want to analyze. In this example, the number of sprints over the past year was 14.
Next, determine the total number of backlog items completed during all 14 sprints. In this example, the number of backlogs items completed was 1,000.
Finally, calculate the average agile velocity using the formula
AV = 1000/14 = 71.428 items completed per sprint on average.
This average number can further be used to analyze individual sprints. For example, if a team later in the year completes 50 items in a sprint, you can see that it’s well below its average. Then, as a business leader, you can investigate possible reasons this happens.