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Mindfulness - Cultivating Agile Minds

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Mindfulness is a great tool to enhance Emotional Intelligence which is important for Agile mindset - self-organizing, collaborating team members and facilitative leadership.

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Mindfulness - Cultivating Agile Minds

  1. 1. Mindfulness: Cultivating Agile Minds Vishu Hegde, Partner, PM Power Consulting Agile India, 7th Mar 2017
  2. 2. Self Intro 2 IISc ADA
  3. 3. About PM Power Consulting  10 years  15 coaches/consultants  40+ Customers in India and outside 3 Training Coaching Consulting Organizational Excellence Leadership Development Design Thinking Agile DevOps Project Management Program Management
  4. 4. What is Mindfulness?  Awareness  On-demand attention 4
  5. 5. What is Mindfulness? 5 Mindfulness … … means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally - Jon Kabat-Zinn
  6. 6. How does Mindfulness help in Agility? 6
  7. 7. What Makes Agile Successful? Hard aspects Soft aspects 10% Visible part 90% Invisible part Practices Ceremonies Tools Metrics ………. Self-organizing Shared vision Motivation Team engagement Customer engagement Communication Collaboration ………. Leading indicators Lagging indicators IQ EQ
  8. 8. Mindfulness for Agility 8 Estimation Planning Tracking Risk Time Mgmt Quality Mgmt ‘Management’ aspects Hard  “What”  IQ  Training Delegation Empowerment Communication Motivation Influencing Coaching ‘Leadership’ aspects Soft  “How”  EQ  Coaching Perceive Process A W A R E N E S S Perform ‘Mindful’ aspects  Subtle  “Aware”  MQ  Self-inquiry R E S U L T S
  9. 9. Mindfulness@Work 9 Mindfulness Practices + Emotional Intelligence + Neuroscience …. And Many MoreSearch Inside Yourself Leadership Institute https://siyli.org/
  10. 10. Where does Software Happen?  Software happens in people’s Minds 10
  11. 11. Mind Switch Game 11
  12. 12. Agile Manifesto: Better ways of developing software 12 Key imperative for software development quality, productivity, innovation: Touch-time / engagement of Mind
  13. 13. Mindfulness and Neuroscience 13 Reduced brain wave frequency (EEG); Deep relaxation Reduced Gray Matter in Amygdala  Reduced fight/flight instinct  Reduced fear, anxiety Increased Gray Matter in Neocortex  Higher awareness, learning Neurotransmitters: Dopemine (anti-depressant) Oxytocine (love & pleasantness) Serotonin (self-esteem & confidence Opiates (pain killer) … Ref: Stanford & Berkeley university researches
  14. 14. A Mindfulness Exercise
  15. 15. Agile Values & Mindfulness 15 Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan Awareness Empathy Focus Motivation Empathy Awareness Empathy
  16. 16. Agile Principles & Mindfulness 1. Early and continuous delivery 2. Changing requirements 3. Working software 4. Working closely 5. Motivated individuals 6. Face to face conversations 7. Measures of progress 8. Sustainable pace 9. Technical excellence 10. Simplicity 11. Self organizing teams 12. Retrospectives 16
  17. 17. Mindfulness@Work Case Studies  13,000 employees trained on Mindfulness practices  28% reduction in stress levels  20% improvement in sleep quality  1 hour per week productivity improvement Feedback from 90 senior Leaders after 7 weeks of Mindfulness practices:  80% of leaders reported improved decision making  89% reported improved listening 1500 Mindfulness practitioners reported on a 10 point scale:  2 points decrease in stress levels  3 points increase in general happiness & well-being  2 points increase in new ideas, mental clarity & creativity
  18. 18. Mindful IT Company – Happiest Minds Technologies 18 Enterprise wide Mindfulness Transformation
  19. 19. A Mindfulness Program 19 Asia Pacific Leadership team of a large US multinational software company
  20. 20. Another Mindfulness Program Global Leadership team of a German Semiconductor company
  21. 21. Mindful Leadership Program 21 In partnership with Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (incubated from Google). 30+ Senior Leaders from IT companies.
  22. 22. Feedback From Participants After 1 Month of Mindfulness Practice  Feedback from participants on improvements (% of participants reporting significant improvement) after 1 month of practice 22
  23. 23. Practice Mindfulness Cultivate Agile Minds Sensing
  24. 24. My Blogs on Mindfulness  http://pm-powerconsulting.com/blogs/mindfulness-and-agility-2/  http://pm-powerconsulting.com/blogs/magic-of-mindfulness/  http://pm-powerconsulting.com/blogs/mindfulness-a-tool-to- enhance-personal-effectiveness/ 24
  25. 25. Thank You Vishu Hegde vishu@pm-powerconsulting.com

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