Recently, I talked about what the agile movement is and what that means for how our team develops our products and our service projects (if you missed it, check it out here). It's clear that we are fans of the agile movement and if you were even the slightest bit intrigued from reading about it, here is the good news for you...
Agile is not just for software anymore.
We've noticed, along with thousands of other people, that agile and sprint planning can be incorporated into our everyday lives (yay!). That's why we're challenging you to have a sprint planning meeting with yourself everyday for the next three weeks.
Yes, three weeks. Here is what you need to do:
Create a backlog of everything that you want to/need to accomplish. This is kind of like your traditional running to-do list. It's a dynamic list that you can add to and reprioritize at any time.
2. Break it down now (y'all)
Since a sprint is only going to be one day long, break down each item in your backlog into tasks you can accomplish in one day.
For example, I'm currently working on a new campaign about video that is set to last for few months (get excited - I am!). Instead of putting "write video blogs" on my backlog, because I'm incapable of writing all 16+ blogs in one day, I might break that down and have, "write two video blogs" eight times on my backlog instead.
3. Sprint (repeat this step daily for three weeks)
Now that your backlog is set you're ready to sprint! Everyday start your morning out by moving items from your backlog to your sprint list. Make a commitment to finishing the items on your sprint list everyday.
Protip: Find someone to be your accountability partner. As I discussed, one of the reasons it works so well for teams to use agile is because it keeps people accountable. Find someone that will go through your list with you at the beginning of each day to see what you did and did not accomplish during your sprint.
I've been doing this for about 10 days now. My biggest struggle in the beginning was committing to the right amount of tasks from my backlog for each sprint. It might take a bit to figure out your rhythm, be honest with what you can accomplish in a day. If you decide to give it a try, email me to let me know how you do!
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