inspect and adapt

Start With The End In Mind

Start With The End In Mind

Day 169. With Pi Planning, one of the outputs is a set of PI Objectives for each team on the Agile Release Train; the team will try their best to achieve both committed and uncommitted PI Objectives. They visualize the ‘End’... the desired outcome ... which is embodied by the PI Objective. What most people don’t do is this: Continue reading
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When is Inspect and Adapt?

When is Inspect and Adapt?

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…
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On-track or Off-Track? Part II

On-track or Off-Track? Part II

One might ask the following: "Why bother checking? We "know" that we are on track already!" "Can we just keep working and deliver the work when we are done?" "Can we just tell you what tasks we did and have completed?" "May we provide you a PowerPoint deck, screenshots, metric, list of lessons learned from our Spikes, some documentation and toll gate decks?" Good questions! Think about those questions for a few minutes. The thing is, a few errors accumulated everyday/ every sprint/iteration... unchecked... for a whole program increment (PI) spells disaster. Does it make sense to show the incremental…
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What is the Heart of Scrum?

What is the Heart of Scrum?

"The heart of Scrum is assessing the condition of activities and empirically determining what to do next." -- Ken Schwaber, Inventor of Scrum (with Jeff Sutherland) Empiricism: Transparency, Inspection, Adaptation. Determination of what to do next arises from what's openly observed and inspected, from experience, training, and common sense (sometimes it is not common at all). We adapt to the situation based on these information...empirically determining what to do next. Example: Demo. The beauty of a demo -- within a sprint/iteration, program increment, or large solution --  is this: it allows one to observe and experience what has been created…
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Drive Relentless Improvement via ‘Inspect and Adapt’

Drive Relentless Improvement via ‘Inspect and Adapt’

Agile is based on empirical process control -- things are verifiable by observation or experimentation; transparency, Inspection and adaptation are the 3 pillars of empiricism. Application: the famous Plan, Do, Check, Adjust/Adapt (PDCA) is a learning cycle...things are inspected and adaptation follows based on what has been learned and observed. This cycle occurs at every level be it team level, program level, or solution level... hence the mantra 'Inspect and Adapt' for relentless and continuous improvement. At the program Level of SAFe, there is a program event called 'Inspect and Adapt (I&A)'. No surprise there. The purpose of which is…
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