10 Principles of Agile Results


Principles are simply a set of guiding rules. Here are the key principles for Agile Results:

  1. 80/20 Action. Rather than spend 80 percent stuck in analysis and only 20 percent doing, it’s about shifting to spend 80 percent of your time in action.
  2. Change Your Approach. Tune and adjust as you go. If it’s not working, let it go.
  3. Continuous Learning. As you change and as things change around you, use your learning to improve your results.
  4. Deliver Incremental Value. Find a way to flow value. Chunking up your results helps you build momentum. It also helps you build credibility with yourself and others. Rather than wait for a big bang at the end, you can flow value.
  5. Less Is More. Bite off what you can chew and reduce work that’s in flight.
  6. Factor Action from Reference. You should keep your action items separate from reference. This helps reduce the signal-to-noise ratio.
  7. Set Boundaries. Set boundaries in terms of time or energy. Consider boundaries for the following Hot Spots: mind, body, emotions, career, financial, relationships, and fun. The key is to have a minimum in some categories and a maximum in others.
  8. Fix Time, Flex Scope. Treat time as a first-class citizen. First set time boundaries. Next, bite off what you can chew within those boundaries.
  9. Rhythm of Results. Focus on daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly results. Building a rhythm builds a habit that you don’t have to think about. The habit becomes a ritual that produces a feeling of accomplishment.
  10. Version Your Results. You can improve your results on each pass. Version 3 will be better than version 2 which will be better than version 1. This helps you fight perfectionism and produce incremental results.