How to develop habits in an Agile environment to perform better with less energy

Blame in the retro? Threats when work is not finished? Complaints rather than acting? You might have developed some bad habits here.

Are stand-ups taking forever? Are team members not updating the story board? Are retrospective actions not followed up upon? You might want to develop some good habits here.

Habits are regularly repeated routines, most often done subconsciously. Developing (the right) habits is crucial for individuals and teams to minimize the energy needed to perform at a high level. By developing a habit, more effort can be spent on the actual work rather than on the support functions.

Developing habits is not about working harder, but smarter. Habits enable you to:

  • get rid of bad behavior and establish good behavior
  • save time during meetings
  • boost reliability and, ultimately, trust

Research and new findings within the last years have shown enormous potential for habit development having a huge impact on personal and business behavior. Applying this to Agile seems very promising.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

The session is structured into these parts:

  • Problem: why habits get in our way to perform on a high level
  • Reason: why so much bad habits exist and why it’s so hard to establish good habits
  • Insight: how to get rid of bad and how to develop good habits
  • Solution: how to apply habit development in an Agile context

While I go through the development of habits, I’ll encourage the audience to pick something they’d like to develop a daily habit for, say, write a work journal. Throughout the session, with each new insight into habit development, I’ll then let them develop their habit further. Thus, making this session highly interactive.

I further will invite questions during the talk. Throughout the session I will use real life stories, research findings, examples from my customers and from the Agile community to convey my points.

Learning Outcome

What will participants get out of this session?

A solid understanding about…

  • …the nature of habits: why they are and how they work, and
  • …how to develop habits in an Agile context.

In addition, I plan to share many practical tips & tricks that can be applied right away.

Target Audience

Everyone who wants to change some of their current or establish new habits. The audience should at least be a little experienced in Agile.

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