Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The Agile Life: Scrum Meetings With Yourself

If we view life as a collection of projects, and if we decide to organize them within the agile project management system, then we end up with a list of sprints all connected to the various projects.

To keep everything moving, you can begin each day with a "scrum" meeting… with yourself. You can look into the mirror and think about all you need to do each morning as you start your day.

What is necessary for getting ready for work? You'll need to think about what's coming up at work, then as you get ready, tic off whatever needs to be done to get you ready.

What family sprints do you need accomplish? Where do they fit into your schedule?

As you go through the day knocking off sprints, you might think of other things that need to be done. Emergencies might come up.

But starting the day with a plan is your best bet. Organize your sprints according to the priority of your projects, putting the most important tasks before those that are less important.

If you are trying to manage your life using an agile approach, you need to start off "scrumming" with yourself to put each sprint in its proper place.

Monday, September 20, 2021

The Agile Life: You're Gonna Need Some Sprints, Part 2

With your life viewed as a collection of projects, and as you begin developing the sprints—the specific todos necessary to complete the project, you will sometimes start a sprint and realize there is some other sprint that needs to be added to the list.

Beginning one sprint will sometimes show you other sprints that need to be done. Suppose you are planning a camping trip (a project), and one of your sprints is to get food. Starting that process will reveal that you need coolers and containers for the food. Obtaining those, then, becomes a sprint in and of itself.

Working through a sprint often reveals the sprints you need to complete.

In sum, the sprints of "the agile life" approach are the todo lists that allow you to manage your life in a harmonious way.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

The Agile Life: You're Gonna Need Some Sprints, Part 1

If we view life as a collection of projects, and if we decide to organize them within the agile project management system, then we need sprints!

A sprint is a specific task that is part of a project. It is a must-do that, when done, can be "checked off" and which leads to the next sprint on the list.

In our life, every project can be split up into a sprint list. For instance, the on-going project of managing a household might include grocery shopping. In a more long-term project, a sprint might be competing an assignment that is part of a course (where the course is a project that is part of the bigger project to get a credential or training certificate. Or degree).

To keep our whole life in harmony when we view life as a collection of projects, the sprint lists become the daily tasks that must be done to move us forward.

Friday, September 17, 2021

The Agile Life: Life Is A Bunch Of Projects

Applying the agile project management approach to organizing our lives assumes that life is a collection of projects all taking place at the same time. For instance, at any given time, you might be attending to family, career, education, and… say reception, too… all at once.

And, at any give moment, an emergency might pop up, and that would become an urgent project, all in on its own.

With so many things all happening, some strategy needs to be in place so that we can move through life from where you are to where you want to be.

Applying the agile project management approach, is one way to do that. Each project can be viewed as  some number of steps, each necessary for reaching the goal. Within the agile framework, we'll call these todo items sprints.

Viewing life through the lens of agile project management give us an approach that can help make the most out of our resources and move us ever closer to our goals.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Agile Life: What Fits The Approach?

When considering what aspects of your life might fit into an agile approach, the conclusion will be… a lot.

Anything with a specific, defined outcome fits. 

A family trip. A new course of study. Remodeling your house or even just a room. Day-to-day aspects of work…

All that the "thing" needs is to be a multi-step process leading to some definable outcome.

The agile approach to life fits many, many situations.