As you are spreading agile within your organization or to clients, you’re going to be doing a lot of marketing and demonstrating. Something you’ll need to get good at doing quickly and without a script - or even much background - is converting a client vision into a backlog.
Efficiency is not about Doing More Things. You can work less, but direct your best energies toward IMPORTANT things - the highest priority things - and make a greater impact.
You have to make sure your actions are backed by Intention - knowing what you intend to achieve with each action (how do you know if it's complete? If its done right?) and knowing how each action rolls up to your greater vision/objective.
Too often we fail to make time for this and just let the currents of our daily...
In addition to our weekly release, we're adding a short, unscripted contemplation of whatever is happening this week in Agile - whether its current events, musings on the industry, things I'm experiencing with clients - whatever grabs me. I plan to release these on Wednesdays and Fridays as time permits SO MAKE SURE you've subscribed to the Badass Agile podcast in your favourite player.
For our first episode, I go a little deeper on Magic Bullets - why keeping things simple is important and...
We are accustomed to prioritizing backlogs - product and sprint - but we may not be as accustomed to prioritizing our day. This technique is often overlooked by teams, and yet how often do we find the day has gotten away from us because we made a choice to work on something that may not have been the highest-value target?
It’s not uncommon to find people feeling very disconnected from their work. Sometimes an individual’s passion and purpose is connected to their work in the team room, and sometimes, it’s not. Sometimes they may not know what their passion and purpose is….we’ve talked about methods for finding and connecting purpose in previous episodes, but is there a quicker, simpler way?
In North America, our lives are increasingly defined by the amount of stress we can shoulder. The ability to ‘push a little harder’ each year is considered a mark of dedication and achievement - but should it really be that way? Is success really about maximum effort?
Agility is surrounded with the expectation that things will happen quickly - teams will ramp up fast, agility will spread quickly and easily, and projects will immediately start delivering value faster. What’s the right mindset to have about speed in Agile practice?
How do legendary performers become legendary? What separates them from the rest of the vastly talented, inspired and hard working people in the world? I believe it’s the habit of constantly moving the goal post forward.
What are the most common questions that I get from listeners and clients?
In this episode, I address the 10 questions I get most commonly from listeners and clients, including what to do about estimation across multiple teams, how to break through resistant mindsets within the team and the leadership, and how to get more badass in general.
The nature of Scrum is a cycle. Every two weeks feels like a brand new mission. Sometimes, its easy to lose sight of the overall vision and lose our sense of passion and shared purpose. A Sprint Theme, or Vision, can help with that.
To fully live Agile values of frequent value delivery, self-organizing teams, continuous improvement, face-to-face communication - WHILE maintaining high standards for design and quality requires something most people don’t have enough of, and it’s one of my favourite topics. Discipline.
Building a Tribe Requires that You Set a High Bar for Quality. Excellence. Vision. Dedication. Ethos. To do any less is to guarantee the dilution of the tribe’s effectiveness. But how do you find people like that?