AoAD2 Chapter: Improvement (introduction)

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At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.

Manifesto for Agile Software Development

Feedback and adaptation is central to Agile, and that applies to the team’s approach to Agile itself. Although you might start with an off-the-shelf Agile method, every team is expected to customize their method for themselves.

As with everything else in Agile, this customization happens through iteration, reflection, and feedback. Emphasize the things that work; improve the things that don’t. These practices will help you do so:

  • “Retrospectives” on page XX helps your team continually improve.

  • “Team Dynamics” on page XX improves your team’s ability to work together.

  • “Impediment Removal” on page XX focuses your team’s improvement efforts where they’ll make the most difference.

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