In a series of mini-blogs I will be sharing some checklists and anecdotes, mostly based around the Agile Mindset or as I call it, the Learning Mindset.
I am a very nondogmatic coach for everything (meeting structure, scrum/kanbanban/scrumbanaFeLess?, roles)… as for me it depends on the context and unique needs of the business and market.
Well, I am nondogmatic except for the Agile/Learning mindset! For me and many Agilists it is the #1 prerequisite in work and even private life. This is especially true for the management calling for any Agile transformation. There needs to be at least the self-awareness and desire to adapt, change to, and invest in the Agile/Learning mindset or the “transformation” is dead in the water.
So… Let’s do a self-check quiz. As you strive to be the change you want to see in the world! Or at least around the water cooler.
Do I have the Agile or Learning Mindset?
- I can tell you my big-picture vision and “Why” (raison-être) and that of my team and our product. I let this drive me versus the “What” (how we do it) which is flexible.
- I seek to take small iterative steps that deliver value (end client functionality or service quality), but keep in mind the mid to long term vision.
- Despite having set my vision, I revisit it often and always leave room to challenge and change my preconceptions and end goal.
- I am driven by continuous improvement. I believe in testing, learning from my “failures” and adapting. In fact, I believe there is no such thing as failure!
- While change and questioning is good, I still know I must also decide universally with others, implement and fully test before changing again.
- I know that every person in my life and team have their own unique skills and point of view. I strive to understand them, empower them and learn from them.
- I believe in clear communication, including the definition of roles and needs. I seek to express my needs and listen to the needs of others.
- I work alongside others. I understand I cannot control others nor should I try.
- I admit when I am wrong and apologize if necessary. It is my strength not my weakness. I feel the same for others when they apologize and I listen to them.
- For me, it is more important to have a functional product then a beautiful or “perfect” product.
- I think in terms of a living product that continues to live after it is released versus a project that ends. I understand change and evolution is a constant and not negative.
- I desire to get to know my customers and create a partnership.
- I test my product with real customers as soon as possible. Best yet, I test a prototype before building or releasing it. I do not stop there, but continually seek client feedback.
- As well, I seek feedback on myself, as it allows me to grow.
- I respectfully give feedback.
- For me, documentation is “living” meaning it changes often and is light enough to be usable and maintainable.
- I believe: No process is immutable. We, together, question and adapt processes and how we work.
- I go into all situations, even “old” ones with an open mind, ready to collaborate and progress.
Any to add?