Getting Results the Agile Way

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Be the author of your life and write your story forward. Getting Results the Agile Way is a personal results system for work and life. It's a simple system for meaningful results. It helps you work …

Be the author of your life and write your story forward. Getting Results the Agile Way is a personal results system for work and life. It's a simple system for meaningful results. It helps you work on the right things, at the right time, with the right energy, the right way.

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  • Iterative and incremental progress on results Stories help chunk it down Connect your emotions with stories Make meaning with your stories
  • 4 Questions to Cap Your Day 1. What did I learn? 2. What did I improve? 3. What did I enjoy? 4. What kind act did I do?

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  • 1. Getting Results the Agile Way A Personal Results System for Work and Life
    • J.D. Meier
  • 2.
    • Be the author of your life, a story at a time, a day at a time …
  • 3. “ It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin
  • 4. Why Getting Results the Agile Way?
    • Too much to do
      • “ Always on”
      • Overloaded and overwhelmed
      • Can’t keep up
    • Not enough time
      • Shorter cycles of change
      • Longer work hours
    • No control of your destiny
      • Unpredictable future
      • Reacting to things
    • Recharge and renew with skill
    • Meaningful results over just doing tasks
    • Fresh starts over carrying baggage
    • Flexible results in an ever-changing world
    • A bias for action over heavy planning
    • Boundaries and balance over burnout
    • Experience-driven results over task-driven
    The Challenges … The Response … Agile means you can respond to change.
  • 5.
    • Getting Results – Philosophy and Tools to Drive Your Life
    Drive your day or your day drives you!
  • 6. Agenda
    • The System
    • 5 Insights
    • 5 Ways to Drive Your Day
    • Q&A
  • 7. The System
  • 8. 3 Keys to the System
  • 9. Weekly Workflow at a Glance
    • A simple system for weekly results!
  • 10. A Story-Driven Week, One Day at a Time
    • You’re the author of your life – write your stories forward!
  • 11. Start Your Day with The Rule of 3
    • Ask yourself, “What are the 3 most important results I want to accomplish today?”
  • 12. Example – Add The Rule of 3 to Your To Do List
    • Before
    After (The Rule of 3) Identify the 3 most important results you want to accomplish today and bubble them to the top of your To Do list. Prioritize your day against your 3 results, whether it’s incoming requests or you’re making your way through your backlog of things to do.
  • 13. Hot Spots as Your Portfolio Think of your life as an investment portfolio or a heat map .
  • 14. 5 Insights
  • 15. Insight #1 - The Secret of Results
    • Spend the right time, on the right things, the right way, with the right energy
  • 16. Insight #2 - The Secret of Motivation
    • Motivation can come from your body, your mind, or your emotions!
  • 17. Insight #3 - Finding Your Sweet Spot
    • Your best results will be the combo of your
    • talent + passion + value!
  • 18. Insight #4 – Constraints Free You Up
    • Scheduled time leads to free time
    • Limiting choices leads to better choices
    • Constraining leads to innovation
    • Timeboxes free up energy
    • Helps you fight procrastination
    Less is more. The Rule of 3 will serve you well.
  • 19. Insight #5 - The Secret of Work-Life Balance
    • Invest across your Hot Spots
    • Set boundaries and buffers
    • Use Timeboxing
    • Give your best where you have your best to give
    Example of Setting Time Boundaries Using Hot Spots
  • 20. 5 Ways to Drive Your Day
  • 21. Way #1 - Find Your Purpose
    • Find your one-liner purpose to help you get your groove on!
    • Examples
    • I’m the explorer who paves the path for others.
    • I’m the mentor who helps people live more, laugh more, learn more, love more.
    • I’m the coach who helps make others great.
    • I’m the writer who helps people write their life story.
    • I’m the developer who writes the code to change the world.
    • I’m the musician who makes people feel alive.
    • I’m the poet who makes people think.
    • I’m the researcher who finds the truth.
    • I’m the bridge builder who connects people.
    • I’m the mother who leaves my world a better place than I found.
  • 22. Way #2 - Design Your Day
    • Drive your day or your day drives you!
    Example The Pattern
  • 23. Way #3 - Manage Your Plate
    • Don’t overflow your plate . It slows you down, mentally, physically, and emotionally.
    • Clear your plate . Instead, clear your plate faster and go up for seconds. You’ll build momentum.
    • Learn Your Own Capacity . To manage your plate effectively, this means you have to learn your own capacity.
    • Have a buffer . You should also be in the habit of having a buffer for the unexpected.
    • Respond to opportunities . Each day can bring new opportunities or new priorities. If you have a buffer, you can welcome and act on the opportunities if you choose to.
  • 24. Way # 4 - Questions for Improving Results
    • Action
    • What’s the next best thing to do?
    • Next steps?
    • What’s the simplest thing for now?
    • Learning
    • What are 3 take aways?
    • What 3 things are going well?
    • What 3 things could be improved?
    • Efficiency and Effectiveness
    • What are you optimizing for?
    • What are you rushing through for?
    • Is it working?
    • Value
    • Are you on path?
    • Does it matter?
    • Who’s it for?
    • Motivation
    • Why do this?
    • How can you enjoy the process?
    • Is there a fun way to do this?
    • General
    • What are you making time for?
    • What do you want to accomplish?
    • What’s the best play for this scenario?
    Are you giving your best where you have your best to give?
  • 25. Way # 5 - Have a Strong Week Steps Checks Step 1 – Map Out Your Weaknesses.
    • Can you identify the top 3 activities that make you the weakest?
    • Can you identify the types of work that make you weak?
    • Can you identify who drains you and who catalyzes you? What’s the pattern?
    Step 2 – Map Out Your Strengths.
    • Can you identify the top 3 activities that make you strong?
    • Can you identify the types of work that make you strong?
    • Can you identify the patterns of people that catalyze you?
    Step 3 – Design a Strong Week.
    • Have you eliminated as many of the activities that make you weak as you can?
    • Have you found a way to add a few activities that make you stronger?
    • Have you consolidated your weaknesses as best as you can?
  • 26. You’re the captain of your sailboat – adjust your sails when the winds change. Choose your adventure, create your experiences, and write your story forward …
  • 27. Q & A
  • 28. Wrap Up
    • Use 3 stories to drive your day, your week, your month, and your year .
    • Drive your day … Your days are by design, not by default!
    • If you fall of the horse, just get back on the next day – a story at a time.
  • 29. Call to Action
    • Read the Guide – Getting Results.com ( http://GettingResults.com )
    • Share it with a friend
    • Share your success story ( [email_address] )
  • 30. The End
  • 31. About J.D. Meier
    • J.D. Meier …
    • Principal Program Manager on the Microsoft patterns & practices team
    • Focus - Software Development, Project Management, and Effectiveness
    • Research, author, run teams, and ship stuff
    • 10+ years deliberate practice in “best practices”
    • 750+ software architecture and design reviews
    • As a hobby and passion, I study success across Microsoft up and down the chain.
    • Key Projects (Blue Books and Software)
    • Blue Books for Microsoft (Technical Books)
    • Application Architecture Guide 2.0
    • Improving Web Services Security (The WCF Security Guide)
    • Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications
    • Team Development with VSTS/TFS (The TFS Guide)
    • patterns & practices Security Engineering
    • Improving Web Application Security (Threats and Countermeasures)
    • Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability
    • Building Secure ASP.NET Applications (The first Microsoft “Blue Book”)
    • Software / Tools
    • Guidance Explorer (“ITunes for Knowledge”)
    • Practices Checker (“Building Codes Inspector for Software Best Practices”)
    • Blogs
    • J.D. Meier on MSDN (Microsoft Blog): http://blogs.msdn.com/jmeier
    • Sources of Insight (Effectiveness Blog) - http://SourcesOfInsight.com
    Guidance Explorer