Introduction

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Agile means the ability to respond to change. In a changing world, your ability to learn and respond is one of your most crucial skills to go from surviving to thriving.


Agile Results® is a new, powerful system for getting results. It’s a systematic way to achieve both short- and long-term results, and it works for all aspects of your life—from work to fun. This chapter introduces the guide, outlines its structure, and shows you how to apply the guidance to your specific needs.


The key to achieving results in today’s world is agility. Traditional methods are static, and they just aren't working anymore. Agile Results provides just enough planning to get you going but makes it easy to change course as needed. This produces effective results by focusing on outcomes over activities.


About This Guide

This guide details a principle-based approach for getting results. Agile Results is designed with the big picture in mind, balancing work and life, while helping you live your values and play to your strengths. The guide provides end-to-end guidance for improving results on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.


The following are some of the many ways to use this comprehensive guide:

  • A system for results. Adopt the approach and practices that work for you and incorporate them into your daily routines.
  • A reference. Use the guide as a reference and to learn principles, as well as patterns and practices for great results.
  • A mentor. Use the guide as your mentor for learning how to achieve your objectives. The guide encapsulates the experience and lessons learned from many subject matter experts.


How This Guide Is Organized

Read this guide from beginning to end, or use it as a reference for specific needs. The guide is structured into three parts plus an appendix.


Part I, “Approach”

Part I provides an overview of the Agile Results approach, along with key values, principles, and practices. Hot Spots are introduced.


Part II, “Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Yearly Results”

Part II explains designing your day, week, month, and year using Agile Results.


Part III, “Results Explained”

Part III provides a solid foundation for results. It includes a set of guiding principles and key strategies for achieving results. It also explains the keys to motivation.


Appendix

This section provides step-by-step instructions and tools for turning the guidance into action.


How to Read This Guide

The following table shows a number of ways to get started.


Scenario Approach
As a guide … Simply read the guide end-to-end.
As a reference … Flip to the back of the guide for the Appendix section, where you’ll find cheat sheets, templates, and how-tos.
Take a test drive … Read “How To – Adopt Agile Results” and “How To – Adopt the 12 Core Practices of Agile Results” in the Appendix section of this guide.


This guide is really two books in one. The first section of this guide—Part I, II, and III—is intended to be read end-to-end; each chapter presents the big ideas, building on earlier concepts, and focuses on highlights. The second section of this guide—the Appendix—is an in-depth reference, providing specific, actionable guidance.


If you want to simply start test driving Agile Results, the best way is to start with “How To – Adopt Agile Results” in the Appendix section. It provides quick, step-by-step guidance for adopting the three key parts of Agile Results: (1) The Rule of 3; (2) Monday Vision, Daily Outcomes, Friday Reflection pattern; and (3) Hot Spots. Just by adopting these three parts, you can immediately start getting the benefits of work-life balance and focused results. This is the simplest way to get started and provides an incremental approach to adopting Agile Results.


If you want to explore key techniques in Agile Results, read “How To – Adopt the 12 Practices of Agile Results.” You can adopt the practices incrementally, or better yet, this how-to describes a path that puts it all together.


Reading the book from beginning to end is, of course, the best way to get the most value from the guide. By understanding the motivation for the system first, you'll have that in the back of your mind as you read other material. Energy, motivation, and having a “Why” are important concepts found in this book; they can give you better footing in the system. The overview helps you understand the big picture and puts context to the procedures that come afterwards. “Chapter 1 – Why Agile Results?” presents the motivation for Agile Results, describing the problem it addresses and what makes it different and effective. When you read “Chapter 2 – Agile Results Overview,” you’ll have a good understanding of the main parts of Agile Results. When you read “Chapter 3 – Values, Principles, and Practices of Agile Results,” you’ll have a thorough understanding of the system. The rest of the guide provides support and detailed advice to ensure best results as you implement the system and integrate it into your life.


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