Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
September 27, 2020 Vol. 21, No. 20

Inaugural newsletter issue was May 10, 2000, this is issue 530.

In this issue

1) How can we measure the value and success of agile?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) How can we measure the value and success of agile?

by Ciara Heavin
and Daniel J. Power

Agile is a complex, abstract concept and there is no single way that individuals and teams "do" agile. Both of these factors make it challenging to identify and measure the value and success of agile in general. The Annual State of Agile reports provide insights into the application of Agile across different areas of the enterprise. The surveys show increasing adoption of agile but there remains disagreement about measuring agile success. It is not easy to measure the agile process, however it is not an option to use these concerns as excuses for not measuring value and success. Rather managers should identify a group of key performance indicators (KPIs) and periodically check the usefulness of the metrics.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

09/24/2020 Perspecta Labs to conduct critical research for machine learning and artificial intelligence security. Check release.

09/24/2020 Thynk Health solution smpowers MercyOne Des Moines to grow lung screening program. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences

1. ICIS 2020 is Going Virtual on December 13-16, 2020, with pre-ICIS events beginning on December 12. Check the website at URL

2. Call for articles Journal of Business Analytics, an official journal of the Operational Research Society. The journal serves the emerging and rapidly growing community of business analytics both in academia and industry. Check


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