Agile Base Pattern Summary, Erik Gibson
What I’m looking for in the dharma is not just a set of effective self-help techniques, stripped of philosophical and ethical context. I’m seeking to find a way of life. —Stephen Batchelor
Two years ago, I paused writing about agile practices. Many factors contributed: I was considering a move to Asia, I was separating from my spouse of 28 years (amicable, but complex), a friend offered me a management position in his biotech company. It became less urgent to write about agility, than to address more immediate needs. But while I didn’t write about agility, I used agility in my personal life.
I have a little mantra I say to myself whenever I walk in the door of an employer.
“How will I save or gain at least 10 times my daily salary for my organization today?”
This question challenges us, especially if we are buried in the beast of a large organization. We might not even know how we add value. But the confusion just points out that we have a responsibility to figure it out.
Once you figure out how you contribute, you should say to yourself, “Well how do I measure that?”
Once you measure yourself, you might wonder how you can do better. You start experimenting with what you are doing, and measuring outcomes. Continue reading→