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

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

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    • Steps to Becoming an Agile Individual Performing well in an Agile environment
    • Agile is here. The only question now is, how do I become Agile?1 LEARN AGILE, 2 DEFINE SUCCESS,3 ACCEPT PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY 2
    • Accept personal Learn Agile Define Success responsibilityA quick review of Agile: Now that Agile is fresh on our minds, let’s 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
    • To reduce time to boost and to deliverand costs spent, performance, better results. 4
    • Agile sounds great, but is Agile adoption always successful?WELL, IT DEPENDS ON HOW WE DEFINESUCCESS 5
    • 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
    • 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
    • What do all successful agile teams have in common?TEAM MEMBERS TAKE OWNERSHIP 8
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 The Responsibility Processstate of mind; this is another detour Model (Chris Avery)keeping us from responsibility. 14
    • Accept personal Learn Agile Define Success responsibility When we get past shame, we have one Responsibility more way to avoid responsibility - obligation. An example: "Honey, Im sorry I Justify wont be home for dinner tonight. I haveObligation to join the boss for dinner with a client." No you dont have to go to dinner with the Quit Denial boss - you choose to. You own your life. You make your choices. Obligation is rule Shame Lay Blame following behavior - using explicit or implicit rules to relinquish your ownership of your life. This doesnt mean you should The Responsibility Process go home for dinner. It means you should Model (Chris Avery) be conscious of your choice. 15
    • Accept personal Learn Agile Define Success responsibilityAssuming we get past each of these potholes, we find ourselves at responsibility. This is a state of mind where we take ownership for our situation. If things arent as we prefer, we take action to change them. This state is the starting point for personal agility. 16
    • Accept personal Learn Agile Define Success responsibility  Responsibility is not just a character Responsibility trait/flaw. Its a mental process operating identically in everyone JustifyObligation  The process can be observed, learned, taught, studied, developed, modeled, Quit Denial and practiced Shame Lay Blame  Any willing individual, team, or organization can practice responsibility at ever higher levels The Responsibility Process Model (Chris Avery)  The Responsibility Process is most useful when self-applied. It backfires when used to Lay Blame on others 17
    • Individuals and Interactions over Process and Tools Personal Agility brings back the focus on individuals. Individual responsibility is the bedrock of Personal Agility. Self-directed teams aligned to a clear goal are the essence of agile behavior and the engine behind stunning results teams claim for Agile. Individual responsibility is a prerequisite to such agile interactions. Without team members being responsible, there is little chancefor Agile practices (or any practices) to have a significant positive effect upon a teams effectiveness. 18
    • Unlock and master your own personal responsibility within the Agile environment with a three-step process CONFRONT Face yourself to see what is true that you can learn, AWARENESS correct, or improve Catch yourself in the mental states of Denial, Lay Blame, Justify, Shame, Obligation, and Quit INTENTION Intend to respond from Responsibility when things go wrong 19