AoAD2 Chapter: Accountability (introduction)

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If Agile teams own their work and their plans, how do their organizations know they’re doing the right thing? How do they know that the team is doing their best possible work, given the resources, information, and people they have?

Organizations may be willing, even eager, for teams to follow an Agile approach, but this doesn’t mean Agile teams have carte blanche authority to do whatever they want. They’re still accountable to the organization. They need to demonstrate that they’re spending the organization’s time and money appropriately.

This chapter has the practices you need to be accountable:

  • “Stakeholder Trust” on page XX allows your team to work effectively with stakeholders.

  • “Stakeholder Demos” on page XX provide feedback about your team’s progress.

  • “Forecasting” on page XX predicts when software will be released.

  • “Roadmaps” on page XX share your team’s progress and plans.

  • “Management” on page XX helps teams excel.

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