agile for personal life

Is Agile Good For Personal Development?

It’s the third month of the year, and that means our New Year’s resolutions are still new and fresh. Our best intentions are to improve life, develop a new hobby, or learn a new skill, at least for the first quarter of the year before real life gets in the way. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve thought a lot about how I can take what I practice at work every day to help others achieve their goals and apply those concepts to improve their lives in 2020. 

In this article, you’ll learn what agile project management philosophy is and how it can be used for personal development, outside of work. 

Agile principles

The agile method came into play around the 1950s. But the concept didn’t take off until the 1990s, when some agile principles sprung up. 

As simple as it may sound, the agile principles are all about the iterative and incremental approach with self-organizing and functional teams. Instead of attempting to tackle the whole problem in one massive cycle, work gets split into manageable chunks, often supposed to be delivered in 2-week cycles. At the end of the period, the team shows progress, allowing early visibility on what is being developed. Changes can be made on the spot and requirements revised accordingly. 

Where can Agile be useful? 

Correct me if I’m wrong, but you might be hesitant to start a new project or learn a new skill for the fear that is isn’t worth your time. By not accomplishing the set goals or receiving the payoff imagined, the whole project will be a waste of time. Theirs is a pragmatic, foolproof way around this: make sure it’s not. 

Agile project management philosophy allows you to make a series of resolutions that have a much higher chance of sticking than “I will go back to the gym—at some point or somehow.” 

Among other things, it’s the base of a wide range of tools and excellent for managing personal goals, growth, and success. The concept isn’t aimed at creating something planned that nobody needs anymore.

But, the main approaches applied in agile methodology focus on a constant clarification of priorities, gathering feedback and comments. It’s all about continuous improvement of both the development process and the outcome. 

Agile isn’t just for tech development? 

How can you leverage agile principles in our life for personal growth? Scrum, a popular agile methodology, is highly attributed to personal and professional development. In a fascinating turn of events, the benefits linked to using iterative processes and continuous improvement as guiding practices have proven universal and unbound by the ties to the business world. 

Think of us as a PRODUCT that offers certain SERVICES in return for our NEED! 

Human need is typically physiological, emotional, and social, among others. The services we offer include our time and efforts, skills, expertise to solve problems that are of use and value to others (customers) and money acting as a medium of exchange. Satisfying someone else’s needs in exchange for their money. 

In the family setting, we give our love, care, and empathy to our family, friends, and co-workers, in return for our own social and emotional need and recognition. 

The SUCCESS of our personal and professional aspects of life is dependent on how we (the product) perform. But, the Agile Scrum concept gets interesting. The success of the product relies on development and growth. 

The same way a product is developed to perfection, our personal growth for career development can be achieved. 

1. No hesitation 

Set your personal growth goals, and then dive right in. Even if you don’t have all that it takes, keep fighting. Uncertainty encourages creativity. The improvised solution works most of the time. 

2. Be adaptable 

The agile principle advocates for adaptability. The iterations or sprints power continuous self-reflection, which is equally essential in maximizing daily efforts. Continuously learn and adapt to the significant barriers that are preventing your firm from accomplishing your personal goals.

3. Make goals manageable 

Make your goals manageable, that is smaller and attainable; short-term goals are more likely to be accomplished as you set your goals to commit time for planning. Make the task as detailed as possible, as the focus is critical.

4. Ensure iterations are consistent 

Is your goal independent? Are there other things you need to do before getting to your final goal? If so, you might want to review the simplicity, the value of your project, and remove barriers and dependencies on your target before starting.

5. Plan ahead

One week is a perfect length of time to allow exact iterations. Goals aren’t set in a void world. They must be related to other people, and changes are likely to occur. You must make sure your situation is negotiable and can change.

The goal must be valuable enough to not lose interest. You might be setting yourself up for failure. Finally, is your resolution testable, small, and estimable? This might be the least apparent in terms of how to apply the concept to your personal life.

6. Hold standup meetings 

A standup meeting is trendy in agile friendly business and so to personal growth. The already set New Year’s resolutions need constant reviews. Start and end a day with a short meeting to summarize what has been done to achieve your goals.

Adopting agile doesn’t come with a learning curve. Striving towards your personal goals before all the answers are known may foster new ideas, approaches, and allow your creativity to flourish.

These are a few of the many rewards of studying Agile and applying to managing your personal goals. Haven’t you started yet?

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Nathandigireply
March 28, 2020 at 9:43 AM

Great content! I am impressed by the information that you have on this blog. It shows how well you understand this subject.

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