Suggested Leadership Actions

Use these Inspect and Adapt activities to check on health and effectiveness of your distributed Agile teams.

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  • How tight are the feedback loops with your distributed teams? Are you committing any of the classic mistakes listed in this chapter?

  • Review your sites’ differences in language, national culture, and site culture. Estimate the impact of those differences on communication mistakes.

  • Are your teams organized in such a way that each team can have Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose?

  • Are your distributed teams highly disciplined about converging to a releasable level of quality often—at least as often as they would if they were co-located?

  • Have you systematized your distributed teams’ use of Inspect and Adapt so that they can learn how to work more effectively in their challenging configuration?


  • Reorganize your teams and communication patterns, if necessary, to tighten feedback loops.

  • Develop a plan to improve communication and understanding across sites.

  • Make a plan for supporting your distributed teams in having Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.

  • Communicate the importance of maintaining a releasable level of quality at all times to your teams, and make sure they are using an appropriate Definition of Done.

  • Empower your teams to make changes based on the findings of their retrospectives.

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