Suggested Leadership Actions

Use these Inspect and Adapt activities to improve measurements of the quality and quantity of the work done by your Agile teams.

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  • Review your team’s attitudes toward measurement. Do your teams understand that measurement supports them in making changes that will ultimately improve the quality of their work lives?

  • Review your teams’ story sizes and iteration length. Are the story sizes small and the iterations short, to support more accurate productivity measurement?

  • What measure or measures are you using for quality? Do they adequately balance any quantity-oriented measures you are using? In other words, does your set of measures account for everything that’s important to your business?

  • Review any data your organization is using that is being collected from tools. Investigate whether the data means what you think it does.


  • Communicate to your teams that the purpose of measurement is to support their work.

  • Encourage your teams to begin using story points and velocity if they are not already using them.

  • Encourage your teams to begin using a quality-oriented measure such as R% if they are not already using one.

  • Discontinue the use of measures that are meaningless or misleading, including invalid data from tools and invalid cross-team comparisons.

  • Educate your organization about the hazards of comparing different teams’ velocities, if needed.

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