Think and act like an owner. The world changes when you act as though you are accountable. Accountable can mean 'on the hook for' or 'in charge of', but it truly means feeling empowered to enact change or bring about an outcome - and to accept and work around the times you can't.
How many people do you know that can cite the Agile principles and seem to know the ins and outs of Scrum, but can’t fully embrace the mindsets of minimizing planning, letting go of their need for certainty and safety, or inspecting their own game? Building up your leaders requires that you know how to inspire and ignite people to do the things they most dread. Here’s some thoughts on how.
Agile is not meant to be a building up - of process and complexity, or rules, or even ‘methodology’. It is meant to be a stripping away - down to the essential mindsets and practices that actually get things done.
Believe it or not, up until 2018, I had no exposure to the conferencing scene whatsoever. So what kept me from participating, and what did I learn once I started?
1. Just because its a conference, doesn't mean it's good. 2. Beware the sales pitch disguised as education. 3. Like any other information, you have to examine the sources. 4. There seems to be a trend toward over-complicating concepts in order to make them presentation-worthy. 5. Some of the best information at a conference...
If you actually want to get more predictable results in projects/product development, you have to work towards ‘Done’. Find out why words like ‘workING’, ‘meetING’, ‘plannING’ and other ING words mask true progress and blockers, and what you can do to change how we talk about progress.
-People often ask "what's the best way?". -There is no best way. Your job as a leader is to help teams find their own way. -Creating doctrine is useless -create habits instead. -Figure out the habits that work for you and your team.-This is true of everything… Definition of done, definition of ready, story content and structure, how to incorporate testing or user interface sprints, etc.
Love the fight.
I don't think it's true that all life is suffering, like to believe that almost the struggle. And if that's the case, the sooner you get used to combat, get used to constantly having to deal with new and difficult challenges, the happier you'll be. If you let the challenges overwhelm you, you start to see them as unfair. The moment you do that, you surrender.
We hear the words Business Agility a lot now - to agilists it probably makes perfect sense but there seems to be a need for better understanding and education. I want to give you some information you can share with your teams and decision makers, and some real-world examples of how and when to apply Agile to Business.
You will always have haters.
Never seek approval.
Never hate back.
Most hatred comes from deep-seated fear.
It's okay to show compassion and empathy and make bridges.
Your skill and power as a leader comes from your ability to stay true to your vision, and never mind what other people think..
This skill takes practice, and the truth of this wisdom only becomes apparent with experience and a time. So revisit this episode often
It’s important that leaders, especially in this tribe, get their voice out there. The practice doesn’t grow unless people are contributing opinions through blogs, articles, videos or podcasts. Speaking from experience, there are lots of excuses about why you can’t or shouldn’t start a podcast, but no good reasons. Overcome your beliefs - that there isn’t enough time, you don’t have any good content, and you don’t have the right equipment - so you can get started today.
Does Creativity Matter in your Agile Leadership Journey. You bet it does. It is your key to shaping the future for your clients and the agile community. Ill go so far as to say its a secret weapon. Find out Why
There’s good money in presuming to be expert in Agility, to have all the answers. Those answers predictably take the form of complex rules and structures, roles and protocols. But Agile was meant to be simple - to provide a better way, and to start making things better WITHOUT years of planning and speculation. Agile works because of simple fundamentals. Learn them. Live them. Perfect them. That’s how you do remarkable things. That’s how you provide massive value to customers and users.
Whether you identify with Agile, Lean or any philosophy of effective workplace design, we still need leaders. We need the qualities that only people of true impact can bring. But there are some prevailing attitudes that might actually hold you and your company back.
Are you publishing? If not, why not? If you want to have a long-lasting career in Agile- or anything for that matter, you have to stand out. You have to have not only a calling card, but a body of work the demonstrates depth and commitment and wisdom - things of VALUE that you can bring to your client
We all say “Agile lets us focus on customer value” - but what massive value do YOU bring to your clients, your teams and your end users?