Agility In Times of Need

Are you a Scrum Master having to do more remote facilitation because the Coronavirus has everybody working from home?

If you want 15 tactics, check out my guest blog post:
https://www.scrumontraining.com/post/remote-facilitation-tactics-because-coronavirus-has-you-wfh

If you want more, like a community of Agilists in these times of need, to share your situation, ask your questions, or just be there for your fellow Agilists, join my Slack group:
https://join.slack.com/t/stayagilemyfriends/shared_invite/zt-cq5rmy5y-fEpJ4L~OxJdMTNIavEoOhg

NOTE: link is LIVE FOR 7 DAYS – afterwards, email me to send you an invitation.

These are times of fast-paced global uncertainty, almost like the movies, except it’s real life. People are dying. People are afraid. People are taking precautions. People are working from home.

I’ve done a lot of remote facilitation: Daily Scrums & Retrospectives to Cross-Site Demos & Product Launches. I’m in a position to give. This is how I can give: set up a Slack group, invite folks, chat with you through the Agile side of your adventure.

I can give, so now is the time to give.

(That reads like disgusting virtue signaling, but I’m seriously trying to help.)

If you’re in need, then now is the time to take.

Join my ‘StayAgileMyFriends’ group on Slack. Y’got a week via that link. Wherever you are in the world, I’ll be pretty responsive, maybe even set up a quick Zoom call for higher-bandwidth communication.

Scrum Masters, this is primarily for you, but Agilists of all stripes are welcome. You may be working from home, but you don’t have to be alone.

In what ways can you give?

Stay Agile, my friends.

Agile Mentoring

Wanna make a difference? Maybe some money? Look into this under-tapped market: Agile Mentoring. Google it. Hard. Do you see people providing this?

There is pain. You can step in.

I’ve thought about it. Hard. (Twice.) And then put it down. Even harder. (Just as twice.) I even got a domain name, started a Slack group, and recruited some introductory members, deepening relationships while embarking on a program.

Here is my pitch:

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Save Your Money, Don’t Start With a Coach

Put your wallet down.

Look, I hear ya – you want to be better, but I bet you want to be sustainably better. I know your organization may want change, but I bet it wants lasting change. You hear good things about Agile or Scrum or Kanban or Kanscrum Scrumban, and you’re tempted to bring in an Agile Coach.

Here is where I try to convince you, counter-intuitively, to not hire me and my kind.

At least, not at first.

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Three-Minute Sprint

Try it.

And no, that doesn’t mean y’gotta be all strict-Scrum about it by having a Planning meeting, then standing up every 30 seconds, then Retrospecting at the end, followed by a Review session. Plan beforehand. Retrospect & Review afterwards. Sit down for the full three minutes.

Get yourself to focus for a full three minutes on something, where you may not have a potentially shippable output, but there is some micro-milestone you can claim.

Try it.

What you’ll find is this kick-starts your productivity. You’re giving yourself space to work towards something. Sometimes it feels silly, but at least for me, most of the time I blow past the timer and keep going.

This idea pops up when building habits. Pulling again from “Atomic Habits” by James Clear, when implementing “The Third Law – Make It Easy”, he recommends starting with repetition over perfection. This is what is meant by the initially counter-intuitive phrase, “quantity over quality”.

Frequency builds habits. So make it easy by finding and doing the miniature version of the habit you really want. Want to do 10 push-ups? Do and be satisfied with 1 push-up. Want to focus on work for 30 minutes? Do and be satisfied with 3 minutes. It’s the frequency of the exercise session and the work session that builds those habits, so you might as well make it easy.

The book calls this the “Two-Minute Rule”. I like three. Partially ’cause I’m Merrill The Third, and partially ’cause my daughter has these hourglass sand timers. We don’t have a two-minute one, but we do have a three. This analog solution is very satisfying.

Try it.

Who knows. It might kick-start anything you tell yourself you want to do, like, say, oh, I dunno, write a blog post first draft in 30 minutes, just as an example. Insert winkie-face here.