Using tempo to avoid the chaos of agile methodologies

Leverage the power of effective tempos within cyclical execution environments to build software better.

Understanding the cycle




What is tempo?

Why is tempo important?

When you don’t control the tempo, the tempo controls you.

When the team is always reacting to things, it will never make forward, focused progress towards its goals except by accident.

Setting an effective tempo

Ensure it is consistent.

Knowing that a specific activity occurs on a set schedule allows teams to prepare, practice, and synchronize with it in mind without having to spend extra effort coordinating.

Make sure the operating tempo is relatively fast.

Make sure the tempo is sustainable.

Create well-defined starts and stops.

Prevent jarring tempo transitions.

Avoid bleed-over work.

How to set tempos

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