The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Agile Transformation: Habit 4 – Think Win-Win

We are at the midway point in our Agile Transformation-focused exploration of Stephen R. Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” with Habit 4 – Think Win/Win. I’m sure we’ve all said it in business and even relationships, but how does Covey intend it towards being highly effective and what does it mean to an Agile Transformation?

Before we explore the answer to that question, it seems appropriate for a quick refresher on the first three habits. Habit 1 – Be Proactive, and Habit 2 – Begin With The End In Mind ultimately enable Habit 3 – Put First Things First. In terms of what we’re here to talk about, an organization that is proactive (Habit 1) with an end state vision (Habit 2) and realizes it through a focus on what’s most important (Habit 3), is well on their way towards effective Agile Transformation. With that, let’s now consider Habit 4 – Think Win/Win.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Agile Transformation: Habit 3 – Put First Things First

Last time we explored Habit 2 – Begin With The End In Mind of Stephen R. Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” as it relates to Agile Transformation.  With Habit 2, we concluded that it’s essential for an organization to begin with the end in mind, their end state vision, for an Agile Transformation to be successful and that they must be proactive (Habit 1) in support of that. This time we’ll explore Habit 3 – Put First Things First for which Covey considers the fulfillment of Habits 1 and 2. 

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Agile Transformation: Habit 2 – Begin With The End In Mind

In the first blog in this series, we explored Habit 1 – Be Proactive of Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. We concluded that a company’s choice to pursue an Agile Transformation is a proactive response to their circumstances that powerfully affects their effectiveness and ultimately their success. Continuing on with the exploration of how the 7 Habits apply to Agile Transformation, let’s take a look at Habit 2 – Begin With The End In Mind.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Agile Transformation: Habit 1 – Be Proactive

So, I’ve done a thing and made a commitment to a new blog series on the LeadingAgile blog. Inspired by Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, I’ll be exploring The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Agile Transformation. Check out the first blog post in the series on Habit 1: Be Proactive.

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Agile Open Florida 2020: Expect The Unexpected & Adapt

You know what they say … when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

Join Agilists from across the state of Florida and beyond for Agile Open Florida 2020 coming to you live and virtual on Friday, October 16th. Our theme, Expect the Unexpected & Adapt, is super appropriate to our world right now.

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Goodbye Catalina, Hello World

We all talk about working ourselves out of a job, but do we ever really do it? I did! I’m excited to announce that effective April 1st, I will no longer be with Catalina Marketing as their Executive Director of the Enterprise Agility Office. In my 2 years with them, I built an awesome team (truly my dream team), established the most effective delivery & execution process they’ve ever seen, and essentially worked myself out of a job. Over the next several months I will be exploring opportunities looking for my next big adventure. Let’s go!


Happy 2nd Agile Anniversary, Catalina

BabyYodaTwo years ago this month Catalina went full bore, head first into Agile, applying the Scrum methodology, to deliver and execute on the top priorities of the company.  Now, two years later, we continue to embrace and uphold the Agile values and principles.

We’ve made it all the way to Sprint 53, but who’s counting?  In fact, you might think of us as Baby Yoda right now.  In the past two years, Catalina has delivered thousands of valuable stories to our stakeholders including retailers, CPGs, and corporate.  We continue to scale Agile up and across our enterprise.  And, we’ve got our senior leadership team applying Kanban at the portfolio level to manage Portfolio Epics as part of our Agile Portfolio Management process.

While we are at the end of our transformation, we are only at the beginning of our journey.  As we begin to roll (or shall we say sprint) into year 3 of our Agile journey, we continue to work towards being a truly Agile enterprise.  The cultural change to be an Agile enterprise is constantly a work in progress and the journey never really ends.  Each day, we just try to be a little more agile than we were the day before.


Sign the Petition! Save Babies from Hot Car Deaths

899A4334I’ve created a petition to prevent future hot car deaths by asking that child car seat manufacturers include an alert as a standard safety feature.  I need all the help I can get to SIGN and SHARE this petition to create a groundswell of social influence that can not be ignored.  It takes just a moment of your time and could save a life.  Please sign and share the petition here.


An Agile Survey & A Kind Ask

If you haven’t already completed the State of Agile in Tampa Bay survey, please do so here.  It takes less than 8 minutes (for real).  The results will be shared at a 2020 Tampa Bay Agile Meetup.

899A4334And now for a kind ask … I’ve created a petition to prevent future hot car deaths by asking that child car seat manufacturers include an alert as a standard safety feature.  I need all the help I can get to sign and share this petition to create a groundswell of social influence that can not be ignored.  It takes just a moment of your time and could save a life.  Please sign and share the petition here.


PoweredUP Tampa Bay Tech Summit: “Agile Portfolio Management at Catalina”

I have been asked (and somewhat unwittingly and reluctantly agreed) to speak at the upcoming poweredUP Tampa Bay Tech [virtual] Summit on the topic of “Agile Portfolio Management at Catalina“.

At scale, agile requires a well functioning portfolio management process to make the system truly hum. In agile, there is no one right way to do portfolio management. Take a tour of Catalina’s Agile Portfolio Management process to see from top to bottom how we manage priorities and make progress to deliver great value.

Those that know me well know that this must have been an extroverted moment for this introvert as it’s a rare occurrence that I’ll do a talk.  I’ll participate on panels all day but a stand up talk is different.   I guess I figured virtual and only 20 minutes, so why the hell not? Sign up here.

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