Balancing “Being Agile and achieving organizational goals”

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In this post, I have shared my thoughts about getting value from different frameworks while keeping the focus on achieving organizational goals.

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Question: What is more important for you and your organization?

a) Being Agile (Leadership Agility, Organisational Agility)

b) Achieve Organizational goals (More sales, Happy customers and Teams)

Please go ahead and share your thoughts in the comment section, meanwhile, I can share what are my thoughts.

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To estimate, or to not estimate? – How to build a common understanding of product using estimations

tim-gouw-73926-unsplashWhen working in an agile team, what’s the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear  “Team Velocity“, or “Sprint Burndown“? and yes both are related to Estimation.

I’ve experienced that some agile teams found estimation useful while others considered it less beneficial to the team and process. However, for the management, perhaps it is important to know how the team is progressing on the Product/Sprint Backlog and achieving Sprint Goal. Thus “Team Velocity” and “Sprint Burndown” are there for planning purpose in terms of next Sprint velocity, release planning, resource planning, budgeting, and XYZ.

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With these powers combined I am Scrum Master!

It is always exciting to bring back childhood memories. Often, I watch cartoons that I used to watch during my childhood. One of my favorite ones was Captain Planet. and I have been a committed planeteer as well.

Since I am working with Agile software development, I wrote a song for our lovely Scrum Masters our there, after getting inspiration from Captain Planet lyrics.

So here it is…


Coach!

Facilitator!

Teacher!

Mentor!

Servant-leader!

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GoalStepper model- Dream big and achieve it with small steps and consistency

Dear readers. I have a confession to make. I have set goals in previous years which were not met, sadly. It was an exciting feeling when I planned, however, a sad feeling when time went away, just like that!

Have you ever observed a toddler, starts to walk and trembles down. But never loses the focus, starts with small steps to walk confidently one day!

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Welcome! Agile People Pakistan (APP)

 

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The Agile journey (img unsplash.com)

WHY? A vision to spread the awareness of Agile in Pakistan, build a platform to connect Agile practitioners and Agile bodies, share knowledge and help each other to grow.

Isn’t Agile about collaboration and not living in silos? It is not yet another group but rather a platform to share what’s happening in the Agile world in Pakistan (and abroad) and Agile practitioners get more exposure.

Empower your teams for business agility and improved work-life balance with less stress and more innovation!

The aim is to keep the communication ongoing along with other Agile events.

HOW?

Visit AgilePeoplePakistan.com.
The first foundation stone is the online Slack (AgilePeoplePakistan.slack.com) group.

THE VALUE

Some benefits of joining this online community of practitioners;

  • Build your network by getting to know other Agile practitioners in Pakistan,
  • Share your knowledge and experience and get help with challenges you are facing while introducing Agile methodologies
  • Enhance your knowledge through learning resources on Agile,
  • Become aware of Agile and other events happening around you

A community is driven by the community. Support it by joining, be part of this Agile journey!

https://join.slack.com/t/agilepeoplepakistan/shared_invite/enQtMzI1NDEwMDg2NTAwLTM1MTVhMTI1OTUxMDgyMDAyY2Q3YzdhM2Y1ZDA4NTAwMWE5NGVhYWVkMzY3MzhmODEyNTQzNGRjYmE5MWUwMzA

The name inspiration is from agilepeoplesweden.com

My Agile and Scrum journey so far and its impacts on me

So here are some thoughts about my Agile journey and its impact on me (as part of my CSP application)

Some high-level thoughts.

  • Hello, Agile and Scrum
  • My insight into learning and overall understanding and appreciation of Agile/Scrum ideas?
  • What have I really taken to my heart and mind as I embrace Agile/Scrum concepts?
  • How using Agile/Scrum has changed the way I view work?

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” —African Proverb.

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