Be agile, my friend

My workplace has this thing going on. Many of my colleagues are highly agile. They train others to be agile. Some of my colleagues are certified agile coaches. Scrum, lean, Kanban. The list of methods goes on. What looks like I’m trying to make my Blogpost more SEO friendly is in all honesty an approach to understand. I’d like to answer the question: Why aren’t we that lean in our daily basis? Let me explain..

Facebook has become a total shitshow. Everyone is aware of that. Everyone knows about at least one huge problem Facebook (and other social media websites) has. Data breaches, selling personal data to external companies, fuelling anti-human discussion styles and many other big problems. They struggling to build a real social network. Intentionally or not – it’s our all problem as long we are using it.

Why not just say: fuck that! I am deleting my Facebook right away! Of the many reasons you should have done that several years ago there is one more prominent than the others: you are fuelling a company that earns money with your data. Whether you post something or not. How do you feel knowing that? Let’s just say for the sake of this blog post you decide to not just deactivating but delete you Facebook once and for all. This is a good thought. But what happens next?

There’s an old riddle that says five frogs are sitting on a log. One decides to jump off. How many are left?

The answer is five.

Why? Because one “decided” to jump off. That’s all he did. And there’s a big difference between deciding and doing.

A decision made is a decision made. Nothing else. A decision itself is worthless without the action. Now we jump back to the beginning of this post. Lean Agile means you test fast and often. You don’t let assumptions take the wheel of your project. With testing comes knowing. With knowing comes decision making. And eventually taking actions.

Why aren’t we constantly questioning the things we use on a daily basis? If you put this question into Google it will bring up one key word that is worth following deeper into the rabbit-hole.

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Put everything to test

You think you rely on the group feature of Facebook. It’s important to step back from being enveloped into the information overload in order to see what’s really important. Make the test yourself: stop using Facebook (or whatever social media you like) for one week. What did you missed? Did your feelings toward that particular social media has changed? In an agile environment that’s the test. What are the results? Maybe you need to have another test or you already have a clear idea. Whatever the outcome is, after the test an action has to be implemented.

Next steps

“Lean startup is a methodology for developing businesses and products, which aims to shorten product development cycles and rapidly discover if a proposed business model is viable” 

The book “The Slide Edge” suggests that your life is like a gyroscope. You never walk on an ideal path. You either swing left or right. Or how Jeff Olson puts it: you constantly feeding the positive or negative curve. It depends on your everyday actions. If you think of your life like a Lean startup it makes sense to question your habits from day to day in order to making healthy every day decisions.

Make the test: when was the last time you invested in yourself? Reading 10 pages of a good book? Getting your heartbeat up for at least 30 minutes? These are easy things to do. But also easy not to do. Implement the agile methodology in your every day life and you’ll constantly making better decisions. Better for your health, relationships to your SO, family and friends, gaining financial independence, etc..