Agile in its bare essence!
by Catherine Coubergs.
For me Agile means interactions and working together whilst tackling problems. Moving forward while adapting and iterating. Agile frameworks let us implement different methods that mainly focus on making less optimal processes visible. Self regulated teams, a non blaming culture, learning forward and servant leadership are essential ingredients.
“In the end when it boils down to Agile in its bare essence, it comes down to having a happy and content team that can act in a safe environment.”
However, agile is not always learning forward since empirically proven processes and methods can be implemented as they are. We only iterate when necessary in the current situation. Is it a hype? It might be, however, good enough for now, safe enough to try is an adagio we use on a daily basis.
But Catherine, you are just talking concepts, what is it that you do?
Well here are few easy things you can implement that will boost your agility in your organisation and or team.
- Plan some time to reflect and iterate. What did we do? In hindsight could we have done it better? What is the smallest thing we can change to move towards that improvement?
- Lead by example in giving feedback on the process. Iterate forward, learning forward is not the same as not being competent. Fail fast, learn fast and adapt are actually competences we are looking for.
- Use a decision tree on what topics do we need to cocreate (these should only be the super complex topics) and on what to we follow the expertise at hand (complicated problems with proven solutions).
- Plan cocreation sessions with the vibe of good enough for now, safe enough to try
Use the autonomy and competence of your staff.
In the end when it boils down to Agile in its bare essence, it comes down to having a happy and content team that can act in a safe environment. We all make mistakes, just learn from them.