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Agility and life

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Agility and life

  1. 1. Agility and Life Camelia Codarcea Consultant, Trainer, Coach Cofounder AgileHub
  2. 2. I want to bring a new perspective. Agility on two levels: • micro level (family and our day-to-day lives) • middle level (where our jobs are – companies) What agility means to me and why I think life is agile. Agility and Life
  3. 3. 1) Târnăveni, Mureş County – Bridge over Târnava Mică
  4. 4. We all have a big desire to experiment and even like the process itself. When dealing with difficulties, our instinct is to get up and move forward.
  5. 5. We are actually not that affected by the results, we are affected by the reactions we get from others when the results are not those they wanted. And that feeling kills the desire to experiment.
  6. 6. • Freedom (supervised) • Experiment • Trust • Confidence • Space Key points:
  7. 7. 2) The Burgundy winter coat
  8. 8. Focus on solutions: “Don’t cry over spilled milk” - Dale Carnegie Take responsibility of your actions. Deal with the consequences.
  9. 9. Agile Manifesto: “(….) our highest priority is to give value to the customer through early and continuous delivery”. Who are the customers? What does it mean value in our lives? How do we give value?
  10. 10. In life our customers are ourselves, our families, friends and those we interact with. What do we want from our relationships? What do we want our customers to become? The answer to these questions will tell us what VALUE is in our lives.
  11. 11. Joke: Mother to child. “When you grow up, I would like you to be a manager, to have many ideas, make a lot of money and make good decisions every day. But until then, you have to shut up and do as I say cause I know best! ” IT DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY. WE HAVE TO GIVE VALUE EVERY DAY.
  12. 12. Do you have a long-term plan regarding your relationships? • our families • friends • children Or do we react on the spot, without thinking about consequences ?
  13. 13. In Agile there is a business responsible (PO). • finding out what value means. • optimize the ROI (Return Of Investment). • make decisions every day: what’s important and what not, orders the features, talk to the team, finds out new information.
  14. 14. TOUGH JOB! All of us are the POs of our own lives. When we know what value means to our customers (family, friends, ourselves), when we have the vision of the final product, it’s much easier to take short term decisions.
  15. 15. He wanted to raise a child that trusted him and that learned what responsibility means. And knowing that, it was easy for him to make the decision”. Joel Peterson: expert in Leadership and Negotiations. His daughter negotiated with him to get a hamster. She is wining the negotiation although he HATES hamsters. WHY?
  16. 16. How do we decide what’s valuable to us? • Think • Reflect • Analyze • No blaming • Accept the facts and decide on the actions
  17. 17. “No, that’s enough for me … I don’t want perfection. These are good enough.” 3) Pair of summer pants.
  18. 18. He was not willing to spend any more energy and time for the benefit of perhaps finding something better. He had reached the ROI. He was happy with the decision.
  19. 19. http://strivingtodolifebetter.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/jr1.jpg The Jar of Life
  20. 20. http://www.visjonaer.com/uploads/content_files/images/BigRocks-sm- greenertrees-net.jpg The Jar of Life
  21. 21. 4) From developer to …
  22. 22. Agile teams need the courage to change things even late in the process when finding better ways. In life most of the time we are afraid to leave the things we are used to, even though we don’t like them. They bring the false feeling of safety and familiarity.
  23. 23. Our nature is to evolve, to learn and the most natural thing is to have the courage to make the first steps in the direction we want… but that requires some experiments first, plus some reflection and self analysis. Courage
  24. 24. Fixed thinking: • I’m born with certain abilities which don’t change. • We are successful because we are smart. • If we have difficulties in doing something, that’s because we are NOT smart. • judging. • Constantly we have to show you are good. • We don’t accept feedback, we look for excused and we accuse others Ways of Thinking – Carol Dweck
  25. 25. Growth thinking (agile thinking): • I can learn anything. • If I’m good at something that’s because I’ve put effort into it, I worked towards becoming better. • It’s not important where I am and what I do… I can become better. • I observe, ask questions, investigate, I am curious. Ways of Thinking – Carol Dweck
  26. 26. We cannot think agile in all areas of our lives, our entire life. Agile thinking and fixed thinking are only roles we take at different moments in our lives.
  27. 27. No matter how much we wait to learn before we begin doing something, there will always be more things to learn. We need to feel comfortable recognizing that we don’t know it all. “If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes – and learn how to do it later”. Richard Branson – founder of Virgin Group
  28. 28. “If you want to become adept of any activity involving change, innovation or creativity, you’ll eventually face up the fact that edge discomfort is part of your life. You’ll need to be OK with that. You don’t want to learn to stretch painlessly. You want to learn to accept the discomfort of an edge as a condition of your work, a sign that you’re doing OK.” Jurgen Appelo - creative networker.
  29. 29. “What if I told you that those things you like about me are the result of ALL my hobbies, would you still want to end my game playing hobby?” 5) Playing games
  30. 30. We live in a ecosystem, where diversity is to be appreciated as it is. We are different and that’s the beauty of it. Each one of us comes with a different view of the things and we can share information.
  31. 31. • Diversity • Same goal • Share ideas, gain new perspectives • Respect and appreciation
  32. 32. Do the same principles work? How do we apply them? Can we apply? • experiment, supervised freedom • trust, giving space • responsibility • decisiveness (enough) • courage to change • appreciate diversity What about companies and teams?
  33. 33. John Shook, a LEAN guru, during Lean Conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUpbbK104Zg Experiment, supervised freedom, trust, giving space
  34. 34. “Every time you tell people what to do, you take the responsibility of that action away from them” LEAN philosophy Responsibility
  35. 35. “The conductor doesn't make a sound” , so he realized his job is to ”make others feel powerful, make them feel they can do it; to awaken possibility in others” Ben Zander - conductor of Boston Philarmonica Trust, encouragement
  36. 36. John Shook, a LEAN guru, during Lean Conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUpbbK104Zg Leadership, Courage
  37. 37. Value: “If you aren’t making difference in other people’s lives, you shouldn’t be in business. It’s that simple!!!!” Richard Branson – founder of Virgin Group
  38. 38. “If I were to start my career all over again … I’d still be a math teacher. I really love being around kids and I like math.” My mom – Retired math teacher
  39. 39. People change, they are capable of transformation so give them: • room to experiment, to learn • encouragement, so they feel safe to share ideas • support • help them develop as humans, so they find out who they are, what they want YOU CREATE AN INFINITY OF POSIBILITIES!
  40. 40. When we: • accept diversity and experiments • believe in ourselves • have our priorities (jar of life) sorted out Then we have the chance to grow old and say: • “It was hard, BUT If I were to do this all over again, I’d still do what I did. ”
  41. 41. THANK YOU! Camelia Codarcea www.cameliacodarcea.ro camelia.codarcea@agilehub.ro

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