Paul Rayner

Measure for Measure – Lean Principles for Effective Metrics and Motivation

This presentation explores the nature of motivation and the place of metrics and measurement in software development, and how lean software development principles and practices shed light on motivation and metrics and how they can be used to support deep organizational improvement. We will examine the nature of motivation in terms of the four intrinsic rewards that drive positive engagement, and also how certain approaches to measuring and managing performance lead to organizational dysfunction. We will also show how the application of lean principles such as building quality into the product, respect for people and optimizing the whole enable more effective approaches to motivation and metrics in software development.

Paul Rayner is a Denver-based independent consultant with more than twenty years of software development and consulting experience. His company, Virtual Genius LLC, helps organizations architect and implement well-crafted enterprise software solutions using agile development principles and practices. Paul is the founder and president of the Denver chapter of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) and an activist for innovation and improvement in the agile, .NET and IT architect communities in Colorado. He holds graduate degrees in computing science, theology and philosophy, and writes with an Australian accent about software development at and about the intersection of faith and work at