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What is Agile Results?

What is Agile Results?

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As I’ve been teaching Getting Results the Agile Way to more people and teams, I’ve had to simplify the mental model.  Here is the simplest visual that I like to whiteboard to show the main idea:

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It’s all about having a simple system for flowing value each day, and each week.  I’ve focused more on the story-driven approach, because I find that this helps people connect more deeply with what they do.  Instead of focusing on “doing tasks” or just “getting stuff done”, they focus on meaningful impact and meaning results.  It’s also about living your values.  Or, to put it another way, doing what makes you strong, all day long.

A Story-Driven Approach to Great Results
Using simple and sticky “one-liner stories” each day, and each week, helps you turn tasks into results:

  • If the task is, call a a customer back, then light that up – “Win a raving fan.”
  • If the task is, finish closing out the list of bugs in your queue, then – “Slam dunk your bug backlog in record time.”
  • If the task is, create a Vision/Scope for your team, then – “Paint a compelling vision that inspires the team to go for the epic win.”

The more you turn your tasks into compelling outcomes, and the more you connect your outcomes to your values, the more you will ignite yourself and others on fire as you blaze your trail forward.  The key here is connecting to your values.  In the simple examples above, winning a raving fan is all about connecting with customers, slam dunking your bugs is about making it a game while testing your skills, and inspiring your team to go for the epic win is all about making it an adventure.  If customers, growth, and impact are high on your values, those results take on new meaning and jazz you vs. drain you.

Anyway, I’ve created a simple one-page guide to answer the question, What is Agile Results.

Enjoy.