When is Inspect and Adapt?

Knight Theater, Charlotte, North Carolina

June 2, 2019: It’s 12:00 Sunday afternoon… people are already gathering in front of the Knight Theater for the 1:00 PM event: the Ballet Performance — ‘Spring Performance’ — by the students of Charlotte Ballet. My family and I are one of them… our daughter is one of the performing students. We are all excited…and the weather is pleasantly warm and sunny… perfect weather!

The Performance started promptly at 1:00 PM. My daughter’s group was up first… we watched with excitement; and what a performance they did! The execution of the movements. to me, was perfect; choreography was perfect. We knew — through parent observation days and in talking with the teachers — what their goal was and the work that they have had committed to do… and what we’ve just witnessed today in their performance exceeded our expectations!

Other performances followed… then intermission break … then the second part of the performance followed. Overall, great performances!

Charlotte Ballet presents this ‘Spring Performance’ every end of ballet school year before the summer break. This is to showcase what the students have accomplished. Everyone — Moms, Dads, Siblings, Grandparents, relatives, friends, faculty, administrators — is invited.

This is similar to the Scrum ceremony, ‘Sprint Review’! A Sprint Review is held at the end of the Sprint to inspect the product increment and adapt the product backlog if need be. Everyone — Management, customers, product owners, business owners, product Management, architects, engineers, developers, testers… those who want to see what the team has built, what the Sprint was like, how the technology worked, Ideas what can be done next — is invited!

This is then followed by ‘Sprint Retrospective’ — wherein lies the opportunity for the Scrum Team (them alone, only them, no one outside the Scrum team is invited) to inspect itself and create a plan for improvements to be implemented during the next Sprint.

This is then followed by ‘Sprint Planning’.

There you have it: Sprint Review is the Scrum ceremony wherein sprint goal and product backlog are compared to the actual results of the sprint, and reasons for any discrepancies are discussed.

Note: there is also an ‘Inspect and Adapt’ at the Program Level.