Suggested Leadership Actions

Use these Inspect and Adapt activities to discover opportunities for automation and help your teams increase it.

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  • Familiarize yourself with the extent of automation in your delivery/deployment pipeline.

  • Interview your teams to determine how much of their effort is going into repetitive delivery/deployment activities that could be automated.

  • Inventory the activities in your delivery/deployment process that are still being done manually. Which activities are preventing your teams from having push-button deliveries?

  • Investigate to determine whether your team’s work is planned to a level that supports frequent integration.

  • Consider measuring the lead time from code change to software deployment.


  • Encourage your staff to integrate their work frequently, at least daily.

  • Create a Definition of Done that supports automated delivery and deployment.

  • Create a plan for your teams to automate as much of their build and deployment environments as they can.

  • Communicate to your staff that their work to keep the delivery/deployment pipeline working is a higher priority than creating new functionality.

  • Set a quantitative goal to reduce the lead time from code change to deployment.

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