Scrum Agility is a simple framework for people who want to become highly effective individuals. My Personal Agility is based on the same values, principles and patterns as Scrum, but recognizes that organizing your life is a different challenge than developing a product in a team. The article explains My Personal Agility and how to use it to do more that matters.
In a business context, My Personal Agility can enable managers and their staff to achieve high alignment and transparency about goals, forecasts and milestones achieved. In a personal context, spouses and partners can coach each other to set and achieve objectives together. And as a coach, you can use My Personal Agility to enable your clients to identify and work toward their important goals in life and work.
It takes just as much time to flip a quarter as to flip a penny, but the quarter is more valuable. So where should you invest your time? On the quarters, i.e on the things that bring value to you.
Sometimes resting or “chilling” is the right thing to do, and that’s OK too. My Personal Agility doesn’t try to tell you what’s important; it just helps you to recognize what’s important to you, so you can do the right thing.
My Personal Agility enables you ask and find answers to the key questions that enable you to make better use of your time:
I think of My Personal Agility as kind a gravitational force – it exerts a gentle, attractive guidance that always pulls me back to doing the right thing.
I use Trello to visualize my Priorities Map and my calendar to plan my day.
As I write this, I have been exploring personal self-organization for four months and doing My Personal Scrum in its current form for 2 months. I know it helps me in my context, but I how do I know if it will help other people, especially if their context is significantly different from mine? In particular, the alternative of working with your manager as your Personal Product Owner needs validation.
I have started asking people to help me validate the concept for a month. Learning continues!
EDIT: 4-Sept-2016 After much constructive feedback, I have renamed this “Personal Agility” (or possibly, “My Personal Agility.” Although I was inspired by the patterns of Scrum, some important differences between Scrum and my Personal Agility have emerged.
EDIT: 9-Sept-2016 – Updated the questions to reflect how I actually ask them. Added the most important: “What really matters?”
EDIT: 14-Dec-2016 – I realized that I had not consistently renamed Personal Scrum to My Personal Agility, so I updated the name everywhere it applies
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I am going to try this. As with all Scrum, discipline is key. I'm wondering if a 1 person project might have a better use of overhead with kanban.
Thanks for trying this out!
I had been doing Kanban before. What was missing (at least for me) was the the second person to be a coach. For me that has had tremendous value. It helps me prioritize, focus, and say no when necessary. I have also found that my tasks don't move smoothly from waiting to working to done, so I have strived to achieve visibility on priorities and focus. Obviously the issues of too much WIP and multitasking are all true, and maybe WIP limits will prove to be a good thing.
I look forward to hearing how this works for you, and what adjustments you make! Good luck! And feel free to drop me a line if you want to discuss!