Steps to Becoming an Agile Individual

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A guide to performing well individually in an Agile environment, and accepting responsibility within Agile teams.

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  • 1. Steps to Becoming an Agile Individual Performing well in an Agile environment
  • 2. Agile is here. The only question now is, how do I become Agile?1 LEARN AGILE, 2 DEFINE SUCCESS,3 ACCEPT PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY 2
  • 3. Accept personal Learn Agile Define Success responsibilityA quick review of Agile: Now that Agile is fresh on our minds, lets try toWhat is Agile? remember WHY we are A highly-collaborative, adopting Agile? incremental and iterative new approach to testingHow does Agile work? Early and regular delivery of tasks Focus on team communications Centered around close interaction with the users 3
  • 4. To reduce time to boost and to deliverand costs spent, performance, better results. 4
  • 5. Agile sounds great, but is Agile adoption always successful?WELL, IT DEPENDS ON HOW WE DEFINESUCCESS 5
  • 6. Accept personal Learn Agile Define Success responsibilityWhat is successful Agile adoption?Success is measured by asking whether or not we are more productive at providingincreased value through Agile practices. Be careful not to confuse the practicing of Agile practices with successful Agile adoption. 6
  • 7. Accept personal Learn Agile Define Success responsibilitySuccess is defined by asking:Are we more productive at creating better resultsthat provide increased value to our organization? 7
  • 8. What do all successful agile teams have in common?TEAM MEMBERS TAKE OWNERSHIP 8
  • 9. Accept personal Learn Agile Define Success responsibility No one thinks about personal responsibility when things go wellWhen something goes wrong large or small (for example, lost keys or a lostretirement account), the Responsibility Process kicks in. The mind offers Lay Blame asa reason. If you accept blame as a sufficient reason, then you will act on that blame. Ifyou dont accept it, then your mind offers you an excuse (Justify). And so on.Taking personal responsibility is a step-wise process of refusing to act on a series ofirresponsible thoughts that your mind offers up. 9
  • 10. Accept personal Learn Agile Define Success responsibilityThe Responsibility Process(TRP) shows us the mentalprocess we, as humanbeings, go through when Responsibilitywe avoid responsibilityand destroy theownership behavior Obligation Justifyessential to self-organizingteams. Quit Denial Shame Lay Blame The Responsibility Process Model (Chris Avery) 10
  • 11. Accept personal Learn Agile Define Success responsibility Owning your ability and power to create, choose, and attract ResponsibilityDoing what you have to Obligation Justify Using excuses for thingsinstead of what you want to being the way they are Quit Denial Giving up to avoid the Ignoring the pain of Shame and existence of Obligation something Laying blame onto oneself Shame Lay Blame Holding others at fault (often felt as guilt) for causing something The Responsibility Process Model (Chris Avery) 11
  • 12. Accept personal Learn Agile Define Success responsibilityImagine youre leaving home for a criticalmeeting. Youre not late yet but you have Responsibilityno time to lose. You grab your laptopbag, reach for your keys, and... theyarent there! Whats the first thing that Obligation Justifycrosses your mind? Who moved mykeys? Or, honey - did you take my keys? Quit DenialRegardless of the exact words, most of usinstinctively look for someone else toblame when something goes wrong. This Shame Lay Blamebehavior is a strategy we useunconsciously to avoid taking The Responsibility Processresponsibility for our situation. (In the Model (Chris Avery)diagram, you are on the bottom behavior- laying blame.) 12
  • 13. Accept personal Learn Agile Define Success responsibility Now, imagine you arrived at the meeting. Responsibility Youre five minutes late. As you walk in the door, what do you say? "Sorry Im late, I Justify lost my keys?" Or perhaps, "Sorry Im late,Obligation traffic was bad?" Why not stop at "Sorry Im late?" Why continue with an Quit Denial explanation? According to Averys research, the next instinctive response we Shame Lay Blame have once we escape blame, is to justify. Its not my problem - the universe is at fault. The Responsibility Process Model (Chris Avery) 13
  • 14. Accept personal Learn Agile Define Success responsibilityWhen we get past blame andjustification, the next natural response is Responsibilityshame. When coming from blame orjustification we externalized the problem- we believed we had no responsibility Obligation Justifyfor it. When we get to shame, we nowacknowledge that were part of the Quit Denialproblem - but instead of takingconstructive action, we beat ourselvesup. Regardless of the words out of our Shame Lay Blamemouth, were flogging ourselves forblowing it again. This is not a resourceful