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A mechanism is a step inserted in a process or system to enforce a behavior in order to achieve a desired outcome. It is aimed at transforming good intentions into actions. Mechanisms allow to transform wishful thinking into action. They can be tools or rituals added as part of an existing process. They can be one-time measure taken to ensure validation of steps towards an outcome (e.g. a test-plan covering certain aspects of a delivery as a mechanism to ensure progress on a certain area).

Examples of mechanisms are code review processes, or automated tests in a software pipeline. They can also be check-lists. A mechanism to prevent forgetting something before leaving is to put it in your shoes.



Good intentions don't work, but mechanisms do.

~ Jeff Bezos