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25 Strategies for Getting Results

25 Strategies for Getting Results

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." -- Albert Einstein

What you don’t know can hurt you and knowing the right strategies is like knowing the playbook for getting results.

Strategies are a big picture perspective while tactics are a small picture perspective. You can think of the strategies as guiding approaches: they guide your tactics while you pursue your goals. You can use strategies to help design effective approaches and to evaluate potential practices, methods or techniques. Mix and match strategies, but keep in mind that sometimes strategies support each other, while other times they are competing. Ultimately, you must map relevant strategies to your situation.  Rather than try to decide or buy into a strategy, find a way to test and judge it based on your results.

Here is a collection of 25 Key Strategies for Results from the book, Getting Results the Agile Way

  • Strategy 1: Outcomes over Activities
  • Strategy 2: Goals Are Vehicles
  • Strategy 3: Know the System
  • Strategy 4: Know the Cycle
  • Strategy 5: Treat Time as a Valuable Resource
  • Strategy 6: Fix Time, Flex Scope
  • Strategy 7: Diversify Your Results
  • Strategy 8: Next Best Thing to Do
  • Strategy 9: Value Delivered over Backlog Burndown
  • Strategy 10: Make It a Project
  • Strategy 11: Have a Strong Week
  • Strategy 12: Know Yourself
  • Strategy 13: Team Up
  • Strategy 14: Factor Thinking from Doing
  • Strategy 15: Factor Practice from Performance
  • Strategy 16: Measure Against Effectiveness
  • Strategy 17: Know What You’re Getting
  • Strategy 18: Model the Best
  • Strategy 19: Test Your Results
  • Strategy 20: Ask Better Questions
  • Strategy 21: Enjoy the Process
  • Strategy 22: Link It to Good Feelings
  • Strategy 23: Make the Most of What You’ve Got
  • Strategy 24: Teach What You Need to Learn
  • Strategy 25: Pave the Way Forward

You can read an explanation for each of these strategies at 25 Key Strategies for Results.