Velocity | Glossary

Definition
Velocity in Agile Software development is the effort estimates associated with the user stories added up by the team at the end of every iteration. Defining the velocity, the team can compute an estimate of the duration the project will take to complete, based on the estimates associated with remaining user stories.

Origin
In 2000, the term “velocity” was added to Extreme Programming, replacing a previous notion of “load factor”.

Further Reading

  • The Scrum Field Guide: Agile Advice for Your First Year and Beyond”, by Mitch Lacey

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