Changes between Version 6 and Version 7 of Productivity/GettingResultsTheAgileWay


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Feb 9, 2017, 3:14:39 AM (4 years ago)
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Vijay Varadan
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    1616"Getting Results the Agile Way" has a small set of repeatable steps, is  simple, lightweight and as a result doesn't get in the way. In fact, being dead simple makes it easy to start using and to **continue** using.
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    18 A focus on outcomes i.e. end results (not goals or tasks) forms the backbone of the system; first at a high level (annual), from which monthly, weekly and finally daily outcomes are successively derived. The suggestions is to keep only 3 outcomes on your radar, any more may result in lost focus. Tasks are the actions that you take towards achieving the outcomes. Also, I like the recommendation to pick 1 improvement to work on each month.
     18A focus on outcomes i.e. end results (not goals or tasks) forms the backbone of the system; first at a high level (annual), from which monthly, weekly and finally daily outcomes are successively derived. The suggestions is to keep only **3 __outcomes__** on your radar, any more may result in lost focus. Tasks are the actions that you take towards achieving the outcomes. Also, I like the recommendation to pick **one improvement each month** to work on.
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    2020A strong bias towards action to overcome analysis-paralysis, time-boxing (limiting time, so energy levels are high), versioning results to avoid perfectionism, incremental results, varying your approach till one works, separate action items from informational items.
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    2222Some examples of improvements I was able to make:
    23 * I had a problem reading non-technology, non-fiction books. I'd read the half a dozen pages and couldn't tell you what I'd just read in the last 5 minutes; go back, rinse, repeat and still not absorb the material. I was able to overcome this by changing my approach:
     23* I had a problem reading non-technology, non-fiction books. I'd read half a dozen pages, but couldn't tell you what I'd just read in the last 5 minutes; go back, rinse, repeat and still not absorb the material. I was able to overcome this by changing my approach:
    2424  * I used Tabata timers initially and subsequently the Pomodoro technique to stay focused and not let my mind wander.
    2525  * I also started writing 1-3 line summaries or key takeaways for each page as I read it. Within 10 days, I'd finished reading 4 books and was back at my old reading pace from about 7 years ago.