At Agility Scales, we’ve started a new experiment, which will soon become one of the essential parts of our Mind Settlers platform.
Talking to many Agile Coaches, we know that many struggle to make their value visible to companies and teams, in a simple and easy to absorb format.
For many months our team has used a “work out loud” channel on our Slack. Similar to other remote teams practices or Scrum teams, we “write out loud” what are our plans for today. The good thing about this practice is the reflection, planning and asynchronous communication.
Then Jurgen came up with an idea, joining the two, which are explained here:
We explored and expanded the concept in December, then built out and used an app prototype during January. We’ve got enough in it now that we’re releasing it to our alpha app community next week. The Mind Settlers adventure will soon include a way to ‘Make a Mark” on your personal agile journey.
We’ve used some form of Marks for value tracking for 2 months now. We’ve noticed that similar to a fitness tracker, the value you get from using it grows over time, because the objective of getting healthy is particularly measurable after a few entries and activities, after that you see some progress and results.
While I’m using it, I feel more aware of the valuable work that I’m doing for myself and others. And in the long run, I can measure how much I’m helping my team or Agility Scales.
The marks feature try to solve one main problem (of many) for Agile Coaches and individuals:
- How much value am I providing to this company/team?
- How can I show myself or others my value?
- What are the activities that are not bringing value, how can I change them?
- Was the effort I put into that small experiment worth it?
As an Agile Coach, I tell my teams to be Data Driven, to experiment and act (and I hope you tell yours, too). I also remind them that organisational change starts with individuals.
What we often fail to teach our teams is that change is not someone else’s change, it is changing yourself and leading by example. Before you ask teams or your organisation to change or blame them for not changing, ask yourself these questions:
- Are you tracking your value?
- Are you experimenting and changing fast?
- Are you leading by example, or you are just pretending?
Want to lead by example and start to measure your Marks in our alpha (Android) app?
If you’re already using Mind Settlers and/or are part of our Slack Community, look out for more on Monday, 19th February. :)