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Agile Habit Development at LAST Conf Melbourne 2017


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How to develop habits in an Agile environment to perform better with less energy

Blame in the retro? Threats when work is not finished? Complaints rather than acting? You might have developed some bad habits here.

Are stand-ups taking forever? Are team members not updating the story board? Are retrospective actions not followed up upon? You might want to develop some good habits here.

Habits are regularly repeated routines, most often done subconsciously. Developing (the right) habits is crucial for individuals and teams to minimize the energy needed to perform at a high level. By developing a habit, more effort can be spent on the actual work rather than on the support functions.

Developing habits is not about working harder, but smarter. Habits enable you to:

get rid of bad behavior and establish good behavior
save time during meetings
boost reliability and, ultimately, trust
Research and new findings within the last years have shown enormous potential for habit development having a huge impact on personal and business behavior. Applying this to Agile seems very promising.

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Agile Habit Development at LAST Conf Melbourne 2017

  1. 1. HABIT Bernd Schiffer AGILE 30/06/2017 LAST Conference Melbourne 2017 DEVELOPMENT
  2. 2. "Magnified: Jerry Gurney" by ThrasherMagazine (10/06/2015, )
  4. 4. What is a Habit? • “Actions performed routinely in certain contexts and situations often unconsciously.” • automated goal-oriented behaviour Source: ”Force of habit" by Teal Burrell in NewScientist, 16/01/2016
  5. 5. Why Habits? • to anchor behaviour • to master a skill • to save energy
  6. 6. 40 % of our daily behaviour is habitual. Source: ”Force of habit" by Teal Burrell in NewScientist, 16/01/2016
  7. 7. Source: ”Is it worth the time?” by XKCD,
  8. 8. Habits do not form through willpower EGO
  9. 9. 4 VARIABLES FOR HABIT DEVELOPMENT Patience Small Steps Schedule Convenience 66
  10. 10. Patience How long will it take to form a habit? 18minimum 66average 254maximum Source: ”Here's how long it takes to break a habit, according to science" by Signe Dean (24/09/2015, )
  11. 11. Small Steps Brush One Tooth at a Time Source: ”Tim Ferriss and Neil Strauss Talk Writing, Creativity on creativeLIVE" by Tim Ferris and Neil Strauss ( 13/07/2013, )
  12. 12. Scheduling Habits form better when done regularly and frequently
  13. 13. + + Scheduling Tie new habit to something you already do Source: ”Force of habit" by Teal Burrell in NewScientist, 16/01/2016
  14. 14. The Progress Principle • “Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work.” Source: "The Power of Small Wins" by Teresa Amabile and Steven J. Kramer in HBR (05.2011) Scheduling
  15. 15. Scheduling Start a
 Habit Calendar
  16. 16. Scheduling 1. Print empty calendar sheet
  17. 17. Scheduling 2. Tick when done
  18. 18. Scheduling 3. Cross and streak when not done
  19. 19. Scheduling 4. Continue until habit formed
  20. 20. Scheduling
  21. 21. Scheduling
  22. 22. ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ❌ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ❌ ❌ ☠ ☠ ☠ ☠ ☠ Scheduling Slipped just once? No big deal. Your momentum carries you. Never slip twice. Lost momentum makes it hard to get back up. Source: ”Force of habit" by Teal Burrell in NewScientist, 16/01/2016
  23. 23. Convenience A key for developing a habit is making its execution as convenient as possible. Convenience
  24. 24. "A clever tweak to how apples are sold is making everyone eat more of them" by Roberto A. Ferdman in The Washington Post (19.05.2016, ) Sliced Apples • 60-70% higher apple consumption • "…even the simplest forms of inconvenience affect consumption…” Convenience
  25. 25. Effects of Co-location on Meetings • higher attendance rate • more punctual Convenience
  26. 26. Convenience Fist to Five • “How much value did you get out of this meeting?” • Most convenient way for everyone to get feedback after a meeting
  27. 27. Convenience
  28. 28. 4 VARIABLES FOR HABIT DEVELOPMENT Patience Schedule Convenience 66 Small Steps
  29. 29. When best to start a new habit? After vacation, office move, new team/project, etc.
  30. 30. We don't rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training. Archilochos
  31. 31. THANK YOU! @berndschiffer
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