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Peter Stevens, Entrepreneur and Scrum Trainer

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Who wants to try a Personal Daily Scrum?

Posted on February 25, 2017, 9:25 am
Thanks to My Priorities Map, I know what I want to accomplish every week, but it's still a challenge to focus each day. My inbox, twitter, linked in, facebook, reddit, google news and clowns and criminals in high office all offer huge potential distraction, enticing me to waste the day away. Not to mention there are things I like to do, and things I don't.

Yesterday I tried something new. I changed how I do my "daily scrum". In my calendar, I have an appointment with myself, every day except Sunday. Here's the agenda:

  1. What did you accomplish yesterday? (Give yourself a high-five!)
  2. Of all the things you want to you get this week, what is the most important thing to accomplish today?
  3. Are you having difficulties doing this? If so, who can help?
Yesterday, it really helped! So I have set up my calendar to send me an email with these three questions every morning at 8:30 for the next week. A friendly reminder to celebrate and focus. I am going to try it for a week and I have asked a colleague to do the same. We want to see if this helps!

Do you think this might help you? If so let's try it together. Drop me a line here (my contact form), and I'll let you know how you can participate! 
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A conversation about My Personal Agility

Posted on February 22, 2017, 9:27 am
Next week, I will be giving a webinar on My Personal Agility for the Discussing Agile group in India. Yesterday I spoke with host Piyali about the essentials of My Personal Agility. What started out as a way to get more get stuff done has become a way to do more that matters and recognize who you are and who you are becoming.

We talked about how it works and what it can do for you:




Next week in the webinar we'll talk about how you can get started! Have post-its and some wall space ready, because we are going to get practical! You find out about the Personal Agility Webinar Workshop on Discuss Agile web site page. See you there!




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The Story of Tesla, by Elon Musk

Posted on January 9, 2017, 8:00 am
They didn't know it at the time but they created the first Tesla Roadster by taking a working prototype and iterating on the design. By the time the Roadster was announced, they had replaced 96% of the original prototype. "It's amazing what we can do with small teams and tiny budgets." BTW this is part one, you'll want to stay for most of part two. Another video I had to watch to the end!





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Clean Disruption

Posted on January 8, 2017, 1:13 pm
Why Energy & Transportation will be Obsolete by 2030 by Tony Seba. The horse was displaced by the automobile in just 13 years. Oil, Cars and the Power Grid are about to be transformed in a similar way. What other technologies will be displaced faster than you think, and why?


I don't usually have patience to watch a 45 minute video, but I had to watch this one to the end!
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My Personal Agility RC1

Posted on December 16, 2016, 10:07 am

How to do more of what you really care about

My Personal 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.

Why My Personal Agility?

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:
  • What really matters?
  • Of the things I could do:
    • What is important?
    • What is urgent?
  • What do I want to accomplish this week?
  • What am I going to do today?
Like Scrum, My Personal Agility is defined through a small number of roles, artifacts and activities. Each of them exists to help you ask and answer these questions, and ensure that your answers are still the right answers as you and your situation evolves over time.

Unlike Scrum, My Personal Agility has no rules to follow. My Personal Agility consists of a few agreements to make with yourself and maybe one other person, so that you ask yourself important questions at regular intervals. If you miss a week, it's not the end of the world. If you find that certain aspects don't bring you value, it's OK not do them.
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. 

How does My Personal Agility work?

In a nutshell:
  • You meet with your coach or manager once per week to review the last week and plan the upcoming week.
  • You discuss what's important, what's urgent, and what you want to accomplish this week
  • You visualize your goals and tasks with a Priorities Map
  • You reserve time for important, but non-urgent goals.
  • You plan your day
I use Trello to visualize my Priorities Map and my calendar to plan my day.

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Want to find out more? You can find the full description of My Personal Scrum, including how to get started, at my Saat-Network site.

Call for Participation Join the Private Beta!


Update: The initial call for participation is complete. I am now working with a small number of beta-testers from 3 countries on both sides of the Atlantic. If you'd like to join the beta-test program at a future date, sign up for our Private Beta Test!

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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!

If you think this is cool, feel free to try it out! I would love to discuss with you what works, what doesn’t, what can be left out or what is still needed! Comments, Please!

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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