Am I Agile Yet? How individuals can gain by adopting an agile stance

The Agile Manifesto - its values and principles - describe an environment of teamwork. But are agile practices just for teams? Can anyone be agile? Is there such a thing as "Personal Agility?" Is it something that everyone can apply to their work as individual contributors?

As a solo practitioner, Sue Johnston has been experimenting to discover whether "Agile for One" is possible. If so, what does it look like? Can a team of one perform better by adopting an agile stance? Does that improve interactions, flow, delivery, quality and all that good stuff? Most importantly, does it create an environment where work is value-driven, meaningful and fun? And does it contribute to a sustainable pace?

In this interactive session, you'll be introduced to a workable model for personal agility. You'll explore ways to adopt and adapt agile practices for individual work. And you'll leave with your own personal agility framework.

In the spirit of an experience report, Sue will also share results of her recent experiment with Agile for One and how agile values, principles and practices contributed - or didn't - to her success.



Outline/Structure of the Workshop

In this interactive session, I will:

  • Introduce the idea that, wherever you work, there are benefits to adopting an agile mindset and work practices.
  • Explore a workable model for personal agility.
  • Describe personal adaptations of agile frameworks such as Scrum and kanban.
  • Share my own experience using these practices to operate my own solo business.
  • Invite participants to generate options to apply these ideas to their own work.

There will be a solo and pair-share exercise around developing your own framework for personal agility.

Learning Outcome

Participation in this session, will help participants:

  • Connect agile values, principles and practices in their individual lives and work
  • Identify the steps they've taken or are still to take on their personal agile journey
  • Create their own value proposition for agile adoption
  • See where the agile stance can contribute to success outside the workplace

Target Audience

anyone (team members, agile coaches, scrum-masters, managers and leaders, independent consultants)


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