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  • Abhigya Pokharel

    Abhigya Pokharel - Personal Agility - A framework beyond frameworks

    45 Mins

    In today's busy world, you have more things to do, than time to get them done. Deciding upon the priorities is a big question. 'What is important to you, and what is urgent?'

    To be able to reflect upon what is important and discard the things that are of least value to you is an important aspect of being happy and efficient, be it at work or in your personal life. The talk, ‘Personal Agility- A Framework Beyond Frameworks’ will provide you an insight to ensure that you do the right thing at the time. It will help you to focus and rethink on the values to be adapted in everyday life.

    The talk will guide you through the ways to cultivate personal agility from my own experience, where I discovered my own personal agility when I got lost in a jungle in South Australia, few years back. What would you have done then, when you knew that you could not have failed in such an appalling situation?

    I would be mapping these experiences and stories into an Agile Model, with a tint of Tuckman's stages of group development.

1. What got you started/interested in Agile?

Back in 2015 when I went for PRINCE2 Practitioner certification, I heard about CSM which really caught my mind and I got myself enrolled for the program. During this, I found that the Agile values and principles so much resonated with me and the kinds of projects that I was then involved in.

Few months later I enrolled in one of the CAL1 trainings with Michael Sahota, and got really inspired by the idea of creating High Performing Teams. I started practicing Agile more at work, and slowly started coaching teams.

In one of the conferences, I met Peter Stevens and got inspired by his framework - Personal Agility, because I could actually relate it to my own personal life. I started following his talks and developed more interest in Personal Agility as well, and started practicing this framework with my husband initially.

Along the journey, I figured out that Agile had so much to offer, not only at your work or at your team or enterprise level, but it can make a big impact in your personal life and the way you show up as a person.    

2. What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by the Agile community today?

I feel that people are not really living the Agile values and principles to the fullest. Organizations are paying a hefty sum to Agile coaches and consultants, however, the leaders themselves are not standing up to owe these values and principles, or, are creating enough support to enable teams to become more Agile.

3. Tell us about the session(s) you will be presenting at the conference and why did you choose those topics?

I will be presenting a talk on Personal Agility, with my own story and personal experiences around how I realized this is an important aspect in balancing your work and life. 

The talk would help you reflect upon what is important and urgent and discard the things that are of less value to you. The  framework will provide you an insight to ensure that you do the right thing at the time and would help you to focus and rethink on the values to be adapted in everyday life.

4. What are some of the key takeaways from your session(s) at Agile India?
  1. The importance of Personal Agility and how it helps you to prioritize your goals and achieve success.
  2. The important questions for choosing what is important and what needs attention.
  3. Ways of cultivating Personal Agility
  4. Importance of visualizing workload and priorities
  5. Technique for priority mapping
  6. How Personal Agility drives productivity, quality delivery and time management for being successful at work and your personal life.
5. Which are your favourite sessions at Agile India this year? (Sessions that you are looking forward to attending)

I look forward to attending as much as sessions as possible in Agile Mindset Day. However, I am keen to learn more on Agile Mindset from Dave Snowden and on the case study on Transformation from Teri Christian.  

6. Any personal remarks/message you want to share with the Agile Community?

I thank the Agile Community for organizing conferences where you get to learn a lot from each other, and build your network. This has given an opportunity for many people like me to learn, share and contribute. Kudos to all the organizing team members of such communities.