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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 on the right things, at the right time, with the right energy, the right way.

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Getting Results the Agile Way

  1. 1. Getting Results the Agile Way A Personal Results System for Work and Life <ul><li>J.D. Meier </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Be the author of your life, a story at a time, a day at a time … </li></ul>
  3. 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. 4. Why Getting Results the Agile Way? <ul><li>Too much to do </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Always on” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overloaded and overwhelmed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t keep up </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not enough time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shorter cycles of change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Longer work hours </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No control of your destiny </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unpredictable future </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reacting to things </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recharge and renew with skill </li></ul><ul><li>Meaningful results over just doing tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh starts over carrying baggage </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible results in an ever-changing world </li></ul><ul><li>A bias for action over heavy planning </li></ul><ul><li>Boundaries and balance over burnout </li></ul><ul><li>Experience-driven results over task-driven </li></ul>The Challenges … The Response … Agile means you can respond to change.
  5. 5. <ul><li>Getting Results – Philosophy and Tools to Drive Your Life </li></ul>Drive your day or your day drives you!
  6. 6. Agenda <ul><li>The System </li></ul><ul><li>5 Insights </li></ul><ul><li>5 Ways to Drive Your Day </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>
  7. 7. The System
  8. 8. 3 Keys to the System
  9. 9. Weekly Workflow at a Glance <ul><li>A simple system for weekly results! </li></ul>
  10. 10. A Story-Driven Week, One Day at a Time <ul><li>You’re the author of your life – write your stories forward! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Start Your Day with The Rule of 3 <ul><li>Ask yourself, “What are the 3 most important results I want to accomplish today?” </li></ul>
  12. 12. Example – Add The Rule of 3 to Your To Do List <ul><li>Before </li></ul>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. 13. Hot Spots as Your Portfolio Think of your life as an investment portfolio or a heat map .
  14. 14. 5 Insights
  15. 15. Insight #1 - The Secret of Results <ul><li>Spend the right time, on the right things, the right way, with the right energy </li></ul>
  16. 16. Insight #2 - The Secret of Motivation <ul><li>Motivation can come from your body, your mind, or your emotions! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Insight #3 - Finding Your Sweet Spot <ul><li>Your best results will be the combo of your </li></ul><ul><li>talent + passion + value! </li></ul>
  18. 18. Insight #4 – Constraints Free You Up <ul><li>Scheduled time leads to free time </li></ul><ul><li>Limiting choices leads to better choices </li></ul><ul><li>Constraining leads to innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Timeboxes free up energy </li></ul><ul><li>Helps you fight procrastination </li></ul>Less is more. The Rule of 3 will serve you well.
  19. 19. Insight #5 - The Secret of Work-Life Balance <ul><li>Invest across your Hot Spots </li></ul><ul><li>Set boundaries and buffers </li></ul><ul><li>Use Timeboxing </li></ul><ul><li>Give your best where you have your best to give </li></ul>Example of Setting Time Boundaries Using Hot Spots
  20. 20. 5 Ways to Drive Your Day
  21. 21. Way #1 - Find Your Purpose <ul><li>Find your one-liner purpose to help you get your groove on! </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><li>I’m the explorer who paves the path for others. </li></ul><ul><li>I’m the mentor who helps people live more, laugh more, learn more, love more. </li></ul><ul><li>I’m the coach who helps make others great. </li></ul><ul><li>I’m the writer who helps people write their life story. </li></ul><ul><li>I’m the developer who writes the code to change the world. </li></ul><ul><li>I’m the musician who makes people feel alive. </li></ul><ul><li>I’m the poet who makes people think. </li></ul><ul><li>I’m the researcher who finds the truth. </li></ul><ul><li>I’m the bridge builder who connects people. </li></ul><ul><li>I’m the mother who leaves my world a better place than I found. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Way #2 - Design Your Day <ul><li>Drive your day or your day drives you! </li></ul>Example The Pattern
  23. 23. Way #3 - Manage Your Plate <ul><li>Don’t overflow your plate . It slows you down, mentally, physically, and emotionally. </li></ul><ul><li>Clear your plate . Instead, clear your plate faster and go up for seconds. You’ll build momentum. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn Your Own Capacity . To manage your plate effectively, this means you have to learn your own capacity. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a buffer . You should also be in the habit of having a buffer for the unexpected. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Way # 4 - Questions for Improving Results <ul><li>Action </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the next best thing to do? </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the simplest thing for now? </li></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>What are 3 take aways? </li></ul><ul><li>What 3 things are going well? </li></ul><ul><li>What 3 things could be improved? </li></ul><ul><li>Efficiency and Effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>What are you optimizing for? </li></ul><ul><li>What are you rushing through for? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it working? </li></ul><ul><li>Value </li></ul><ul><li>Are you on path? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it matter? </li></ul><ul><li>Who’s it for? </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Why do this? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you enjoy the process? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a fun way to do this? </li></ul><ul><li>General </li></ul><ul><li>What are you making time for? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you want to accomplish? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the best play for this scenario? </li></ul>Are you giving your best where you have your best to give?
  25. 25. Way # 5 - Have a Strong Week Steps Checks Step 1 – Map Out Your Weaknesses. <ul><li>Can you identify the top 3 activities that make you the weakest? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you identify the types of work that make you weak? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you identify who drains you and who catalyzes you? What’s the pattern? </li></ul>Step 2 – Map Out Your Strengths. <ul><li>Can you identify the top 3 activities that make you strong? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you identify the types of work that make you strong? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you identify the patterns of people that catalyze you? </li></ul>Step 3 – Design a Strong Week. <ul><li>Have you eliminated as many of the activities that make you weak as you can? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you found a way to add a few activities that make you stronger? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you consolidated your weaknesses as best as you can? </li></ul>
  26. 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. 27. Q & A
  28. 28. Wrap Up <ul><li>Use 3 stories to drive your day, your week, your month, and your year . </li></ul><ul><li>Drive your day … Your days are by design, not by default! </li></ul><ul><li>If you fall of the horse, just get back on the next day – a story at a time. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Call to Action <ul><li>Read the Guide – Getting ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Share it with a friend </li></ul><ul><li>Share your success story ( [email_address] ) </li></ul>
  30. 30. The End
  31. 31. About J.D. Meier <ul><li>J.D. Meier … </li></ul><ul><li>Principal Program Manager on the Microsoft patterns & practices team </li></ul><ul><li>Focus - Software Development, Project Management, and Effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Research, author, run teams, and ship stuff </li></ul><ul><li>10+ years deliberate practice in “best practices” </li></ul><ul><li>750+ software architecture and design reviews </li></ul><ul><li>As a hobby and passion, I study success across Microsoft up and down the chain. </li></ul><ul><li>Key Projects (Blue Books and Software) </li></ul><ul><li>Blue Books for Microsoft (Technical Books) </li></ul><ul><li>Application Architecture Guide 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Improving Web Services Security (The WCF Security Guide) </li></ul><ul><li>Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Team Development with VSTS/TFS (The TFS Guide) </li></ul><ul><li>patterns & practices Security Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Improving Web Application Security (Threats and Countermeasures) </li></ul><ul><li>Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability </li></ul><ul><li>Building Secure ASP.NET Applications (The first Microsoft “Blue Book”) </li></ul><ul><li>Software / Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance Explorer (“ITunes for Knowledge”) </li></ul><ul><li>Practices Checker (“Building Codes Inspector for Software Best Practices”) </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>J.D. Meier on MSDN (Microsoft Blog): </li></ul><ul><li>Sources of Insight (Effectiveness Blog) - </li></ul>Guidance Explorer