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I discussed the ‘Agile Test,’ my term for the opportunities we get to apply inspect-and-adapt to improve our processes and practices when faced with problems and impediments, in an earlier article (“Are You Failing the Agile Test?”). In this article I’ll provide a detailed approach to applying inspect-and-adapt to your problems, what I call ‘The Six Steps,’ and then show you how to utilize this approach with a real-life example.

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A Six-Step Approach to Applying Inspect-and-Adapt to Process

We have to begin with the proper mindset. First, you must stop accepting problems as essential and unavoidable. …


I’m often asked, by clients, by colleagues, and by other coaches, what I see is the biggest reason behind failed Scrum adoptions. I’ve come to realize that it all comes down to the people who are entrusted with guiding the transformation not understanding that they’re actually facing a test; will they face their problems and fix them? This lack of understanding results in either ineffective action that doesn’t address the problem, or no action. I have coined a term to describe this situation, when leaders are facing a decision, called the ‘Agile Test,’ because the Agile approaches don’t solve your…

John Clifford

Recovering software engineer, manager of engineers, and consultant. See my bio on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johngclifford/

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