Becoming agile without permission

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100% QualityBeing agile means delivering value; value in everything we do. A major part of delivering value is delivering quality. You can deliver something of poor quality and there still might be value, but not near as much value if it had high quality. This means that there needs to be high quality in everything you do, quality code, quality tests, quality user stories, quality designs, quality e-mails, quality discussions, quality requests, quality learning, quality thinking, quality doing. It is not just the end product that needs quality. Everything needs quality.

I am not here to deliver requirements. I am here to deliver solutions.

I do not want to know what you require. I want to know what you need. I want to know what you want to achieve. I want to know what hurts, what are your problems. I want to know what are your objectives, your goals, your dreams.

I am not here to work for you. I am here to work with you. I am here to be your partner.

I am not here to follow a process. I am here to do the right thing. I am here to work with you, to work with people on the team, to work with anyone necessary to deliver the solution. I am here to do work that creates value, that delivers solutions.

I am not here to give you my time. I am here to give you value.

I am not here just to make a buck. I am here to change our world.

How do you keep track of the things you need to do?

How do know what to do next?

How does an agile team know?

An Agile team keeps a product backlog. The items (stories) on the backlog is prioritized. The team works on the things that are at the top of the list. They keep track of the things they need to do and they know what they need to do next.

We, as individual agilists, can do the same with the use of a personal backlog. We can keep the things that we, as individuals, need to keep track of for ourselves with this backlog. We can put anything we want on the backlog. It does not need to be stories or any other single thing. If we want, we do not have to show anyone our personal backlog. It is ours to manage as we see fit. Of course we should take into account the things we need to do according to any project plan that we are working to in our professional lives. But it can also contain all those things we, as agilists, know we should be doing. By using this personal backlog we can mix the things we must do with the things we know we should do and combine and mix and prioritize so that we can produce great results.

We can also mix personal things we need to do to this list. The most important thing we might need to do is call the doctor to make an appointment to have hat sore back checked out. Self help books have been telling us for decades to keep a to do list. By keeping a personal backlog we can apply the techniques we use to organize the work of a team to keep our own work in order.