Getting Results the Agile Way Checklist


10 Strategies for Improving Results

  1. Monthly Improvement Sprints.
  2. Balance your time across your Hot Spots.
  3. Build a library of reference examples.
  4. Diversify your results.
  5. Establish a rhythm of results.
  6. Find a way to flow value.
  7. Improve your network.
  8. Make it a project.
  9. Stay flexible in your approach.
  10. Periodically sweep up the mess.

Guidelines for Getting Results

  • Ask yourself, “What actions have I taken?”
  • Chunk it down.
  • Decide and go.
  • Do a dry run.
  • Do it, review it, and improve it.
  • Get the ball out of your court.
  • Just start.
  • Put in your hours.
  • Set a quantity limit.
  • Set a time limit.
  • Start with something simple.
  • Scrimmage against results.

Efficiency and Effectiveness
  • Ask, “Is it effective?”
  • Do it daily.
  • Expand your toolset.
  • Pair up.
  • Reduce friction.
  • Reduce your context switching.
  • Script your success.

Energy Management
  • Have a compelling “Why.”
  • Increase your power hours.
  • Leverage your power hours.
  • Manage energy for results.
  • Play to your strengths.

Expectations Guidelines|Expectations
  • Know your capacity.
  • Set and reset expectations.
  • Set expectations.
  • Under-promise, Over-deliver.

  • Apply concentrated effort.
  • Batch and focus.
  • Narrow your focus.

Goals and Objectives
  • Check your ladder.
  • Create SMART goals.
  • Have a compelling "What."
  • Know the tests for success.
  • Know the “Why” behind the goal.
  • Use vision and feeling.
  • Work backwards with the end in mind.

Information Management
  • Factor reference from action.
  • Identify what you know, don’t know, and need to know next.
  • Improve your filters.
  • Organize your actions.
  • Use checklists.

  • Build a system of profound knowledge.
  • Build feedback loops.
  • Identify three things going well and three things to improve.
  • Fail fast.
  • Find a mentor.
  • Model the best.
  • Pair up.
  • Turn insights into action.

  • Adopt a growth mindset over a fixed mindset.
  • Drive or be driven.
  • Adopt high-value self-talk.
  • Make it a game.
  • Pace yourself.
  • Use SWAT mode.
  • Use empowering metaphors.

  • Iterate more, plan less.
  • Plan, then execute.
  • Stay agile.

  • Ask, “What’s the next best thing to do?”
  • Hit windows of opportunity.
  • Use MUST, SHOULD, and COULD.
  • Worst things first.

  • Know your strengths.
  • Know your weaknesses.
  • Know yourself.

  • Ask yourself, “What’s the right thing to do?”
  • Choose to over have to.
  • Decide up front.
  • Link it to good feelings.
  • Reward your behaviors.
  • Treat motivation as input.

Task Management
  • Bite off what you can chew.
  • Fix time, flex scope.
  • Focus on outcomes over activities.
  • Let things slough off.
  • Reduce open work.

Time Management
  • Baseline your schedule.
  • Carve out time for what’s important.
  • Have a buffer.
  • Know your most effective hours.
  • Manage energy, not time.
  • Schedule it.
  • Set boundaries.
  • Take weekends off.


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