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Agile hidden mindset

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No need to convince you about the benefits of Agile methods and how they can help you build the software that your customer really needs in incremental and iterative way. mindYou can easily find a lot about this subject everywhere. In this paper, we will focus on some principles unmentioned openly in Agile Manifesto. This thought came to us from real failed and successful experiences about Agile implementations.

Values and principles, defined in Agile Manifesto, are not only some rules to follow in order to have the label: ‘We are Agile!’. We have a deep conviction that behind the scene there is a fundamental consideration for person as a human being. Indeed, the central actors for any organization are the people behind it. Thus, in order to be productive and to keep being productive for a long time, there is a real need to take care of the building blocks of your organization. You will agree, for sure, that foundations have to be considered first.

Therefore, here is a first draft about some principles we think are necessary to comply with Agile hidden mindset. We noticed that when some of them are missing, this leads to Agile implementation failure. We propose these principles under three sets: “as a person”, “as a team” and “as an organization” and we give no explanations in order to keep it open to your interpretations.

As a person

  1. I have fun while working
  2. I respect my life (personal one)
  3. I respect my customers and coworkers
  4. I learn that learning has no ends and I learn that I can learn from everything
  5. I wish for the others what I wish for yourself
  6. I’m brave
  7. I’m honest
  8. I believe in myself
  9. I challenge myself
  10. I keep in mind that I’m professional and that I have to act as a professional
  11. I never underestimate the others
  12. I regularly think about these questions: how am I doing? How can I become better?

As a team

  1. We talk the same language (exp.: be sure to share the some definitions)
  2. We are all for one and everyone for all
  3. We know that : 1 mind plus 1 mind gives 3 minds
  4. We interact positively
  5. We share: knowledge, ownership, responsibility
  6. We make team decisions
  7. We agree on objectives
  8. We challenge our team
  9. We believe in our team
  10. We are suggestive rather than directive
  11. We accept differences
  12. We regularly think about these questions: how are we doing? How can we become better?

As an organization

  1. We trust our employees
  2. We enhance belonging to the organization
  3. We respect your employees
  4. We share success, and we share failures also (with moderation)
  5. We share the same vision
  6. We regularly think about these questions: how is our organization doing? How can our organization become better?

Et Voilà!

For sure, as usual, your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Sif E. El Harti


 

Even small acts can have a great impact.

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Written by selharti

February 8, 2016 at 12:56 pm

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