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Foundational practices focus on creating a team culture, collaborative environments, and technical practices.

These support fast and iterative journeys through the other parts of the loop.

Without the foundation, teams cannot reach sustainable, continuous delivery.

15/5 Reports

Reporting for people who don't have time for reports

Affinity Mapping

Identify insights, patterns and trends in research and ideas

Architectural Decision Records (ADR)

Open & Transparent Decision History


Visualisation of work left to do within a specified time period

C4 Architecture

Allows for simple layers of abstraction for different components of an architecture design

Candy or Swag?

Demonstrate the value of open organization principles like collaboration and transparency

Celebrating failure

Raise the team's collective awareness of product failure root causes

Confidence Voting

Gains consensus around a team's agreement or disagreement on the current activity, event or questions

Continuous Delivery

Automated testing and releasing of software.

Continuous Deployment

Deploying changes more frequently to get faster end-user feedback.

Continuous Integration

Submit small, frequent changes instead of large, infrequent changes

Daily Standup

A short time-boxed synchronization of the team activities that occurs in a cadence determined by the team

Definition of Done

Shared knowledge and understanding regarding what it means for a work item to be done by a team

Definition of Ready

Shared knowledge regarding what it means for a work item to be ready to be worked on

Double Diamond

A structured approach to tackle challenges in four phases, from exploring to taking focused actions.

Establish Shared Principles

Principles Over Practices


Save everything as code - configuration, infrastructure and pipelines

Feature Toggles

AKA Feature Flags/Bits/Flipping/Controls

Force Field Analysis - Force Field Map

Understanding change/goals


If it’s not in Git, it’s not real.

GROW Model for 1-2-1 Coaching

The purpose of coaching is to unlock people's potential to maximise their performance, facilitate personal and professional development . Here's a tool to structure your coaching interaction.

"Hello, World!" networking event

Say "Hello" to the World and the World will say "Hello" to you!

"I Have a Dream"

Build deeper team relationships

Leaders Eat Last

Building Trust Between Leaders and Teams

Lean Coffee

Democratically generated agendas for more valuable conversations

Lego Labs

Experiment with processes for rapidly developing digital products. Go from problem to prototype with feedback and iterations while building a Colony on Mars (with legos)!

Limit Work in Progress

Pipes that aren't clogged increase the flow through the system

Manage Flow

Optimize the processing work items

Means to End

Define and communicate Vision, Mission, Strategy, Goals, Tactics & Objectives


Generate positive emotions for the team and help to develop an empathetic mindset towards team members

Mob Programming

Like pair programming but with the whole team

Mood Marbles

A mechanism for gauging team sentiment

Moving Motivators

Uncover what motivates your colleagues and yourself

Network Mapping

Build a network of relationships in your organization or team

Measuring Psychological Safety

How to measure the Psychological Safety in teams and organisations


Handling the unknown unknowns.


Practice destroying and re-creating your applications

One Minute Mindfulness

Calm the mind and body to help team members manage stress levels

Open Decision Framework

How to make transparent, inclusive, and customer-centric decisions

Open Leadership Mindset

A specific fusion of behaviors and mindsets characterizes the next generation of leaders.

Pair Programming

Increasing the knowledge sharing and communication between team members

Parking Lot (Car Park)

A visible area to help track important items, ideas, questions, and issues that may not be important to discuss at the time, but the group does wish to discuss later.

Personal User Manuals

Connecting with colleagues in a deep and meaningful way

Ping-Pong Programming

Where Pair Programming meets TDD

Quote Wall

A collection of quotes or phrases captured from the team that may be motivational, inspiring, or down-right hilarious!

Raison d'être

Defining the teams reason for being

Realtime Retrospective

Getting feedback faster and improving the overall experience of your event.

Relative Sizing

Facilitate conversation and gain shared alignment on sizing of complexity and value

Risk Management

Identify potential problems that might occur during the course of your project and identify ways of avoiding them. Risks, which are occurring, will become issues.

ROAM Boards

A Foundational Practice for Risk Management

Rose Chart

Identify knowledge gaps and create learning focus areas for team members

Service Level Indicators

Quantify the quality of your service

Social Contract

Build a constructive, fun team culture

Stop the World Event

Empower team members to stop everything when they feel engagement is off course

Systemic Consensing

How to find minimal viable decisions in a group

T2R2 - Talk, type, read, review!

Help everyone be heard, understood, and move to act.

Team Sentiment

Track the mood of a team with visible feedback

Team Workspaces

How to create the right workspace(s) for high-performing teams

Team Success Beacon

Gather team sentiment and observations to incite team discussions

Test automation

Shortening the feedback loop and increasing the quality of code.

Test Driven Development

Improving your software in short development cycles.

The Art Gallery

A collection of doodles that are captured from the team

The Matrix of Principles

A reflection tool to capture how stakeholders understand Deming's 14 Management Principles.

The Theory of Constraints

“Any improvements made anywhere besides the bottleneck are an illusion.”

Tribute Wall

Share and spread feedback to the whole team.

Unicorn, Skunk, Rat (USR)

Ensure your meeting/workshop stays on track

Virtual Office

Identify pre-existing dynamics and build team spirit when forming a new team

Visualisation of Work

Visually represent all aspects of your team's work

Value Stream Mapping

Visual Representation of how Value flows through your system and identify metrics to inform improvement decisions.

Westrums Cultural Typology Assessment

Organisational culture bears a predictive relationship with safety and performance


A game that aims to build confidence via simulated outage scenarios.

Yes! And...

Improvise to create more good ideas, and build strong team work skills.

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