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44 Line Agile Masterclass

It was the 44th day of the 2024 so I decided to write a 44-line Agile Masterclass


Capturing some of my top learnings in my 12 year journey in the agile world


Let's get started.


1. Leaders care more about outcomes → Not agile


2. Imperfect action > perfect inaction → Take action & learn from it


3. Frequent feedback loops = More chance of building the right thing


4. People don't like forced change → Co-create change instead


5. Learn fast resonates better than fail fast - Especially with leadership


6. Customers don't care how many story points you deliver


7. Agile won't solve all your problems → Just expose them faster


8. Agile transformation is never complete → Evolve, don't transform


9. Individuals & interactions can be ENABLED by processes & tools


10. Innovation needs capacity → Make time for it


11. High frequency of customer interaction = Indicator of value delivery


12. Copy + paste frameworks are a scaffolding at best


13. We're humans first, employees second → Read that again


14. Estimates = not deadlines → Try probabilistic forecasting


15. Certifications are the start of your journey, not the end


16. Meetups & conferences will accelerate your career


17. The best time to start networking? Yesterday. The 2nd best time? Today


18. Everything = an experiment → Be more scientist


19. Knowledge is our most powerful asset - Retros share that knowledge


20. Learning how to communicate your value isn't emphasised enough


21. Limiting WIP is one of the easiest fixes to so many problems


22. We need to normalise admitting we don't know the answer


23. Talking psychological safety isn't enough → Create safety with action


24. We learn more from fails than wins but don't talk about them equally


25. Agile isn't the destination → It will help you reach it with less risk


26. It's ok to deviate from Scrum → Only 6% do it by the book


27. 100's of features delivered efficiently doesn't mean value


28. Focus more on removing waste (Features, bureaucracy)


29. Calling it "The business" reinforces siloes


30. We don't need to add 'Agile' in front of everything (HR, Marketing)


31. And sometimes Agile isn't even the answer


32. Remove dependencies → don't just manage them


32. Listening more than speaking = More respect


33. Just resorting to 'It depends' won't win you many fans


34. And only asking powerful questions won't cut it either


35. A co-created working agreement prevents 99% unhealthy conflict


36. While creating the environment for healthy conflict


37. Reframing it as 'Us' against the problem is an underrated skill


38. Continuous Improvement = team sport → Involving everyone, everyday


39. So don't wait for retros to identify opportunities


40. Or to flag problems holding us back


41. Daily habits get the results → Creating goals doesn't


42. A 1% improvement can always be made


43. Agile is the norm. So talk about it less


44. If the agile community can't agree what agile is - How do you expect others to?



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