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Agile Principles

A lot of peopleAgile have been asking me about Agile – the system of rapid development, that swiftly responds to change.

So here’s 12 principles Agile is based on, (summarised from the Agile Manifesto):

  1. Customer satisfaction by early and continuous delivery of valuable software
  2. Welcome changing requirements, even in late development
  3. Working software is delivered frequently (weeks rather than months)
  4. Close, daily cooperation between business people and developers
  5. Projects are built around motivated individuals, who should be trusted
  6. Face-to-face conversation is the best form of communication (co-location)
  7. Working software is the principal measure of progress
  8. Sustainable development, able to maintain a constant pace
  9. Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design
  10. Simplicity—the art of maximizing the amount of work not done—is essential
  11. Best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams
  12. Regularly, the team reflects on how to become more effective, and adjusts accordingly

Trust you find this useful.

How the Davidson Institute can Help You

Last night at our Marrickville Business Association, I listened to the straight talking and easy to listen tLisa Gissingo Lisa Gissing from the Davidson Institute about the seven  steps to business success.

So how can you be helped by the Davidson Institute?

They help you with your financial education.  Westpac has opened the doors to the previously guarded competencies of working with your personal and business finances.

What can you access?

They have three sections of help: Business, Personal  and Not-for-Profit.

Business has a series of webinars and videos that cover: Starting your business, operating your business and growing your business.  Three areas that would serve you well to learn the basics in.

Personal has: planning for your future, building wealth, retirement planning and owning your own home.

Not-For-Profit has: Not-For-Profit organisations, Money Managers,  Ruby and Westpac foundation

How can you use this?

Educate yourself.  Go through and learn the basics.  Inform yourself.  Use the tools.  Sharpen your pencil.

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Four things I’ve learned about Daily Reviewing my Vision

A vision is a short story about what it’s going to be like when you have achieved your goals.Vision 5

Written in present tense, using lots of emotive words that mean a lot to you, your vision has the potential to take you to a future you have designed, inspiring you to keep going, teaching you the details you need to take care of and reminding you of what’s really, really important to you.

For the last few years, I’ve been writing out my vision, then recording it on my phone with as much positive high energy, high tone voice as I can muster.  I then listen to that every day.

This has an amazing effect on my motivation, my positive expectations and the understandings I gain about what I need to do to make my vision come true.

But let my truth I’ve learned be known:

listening to your vision once a day, is never enough.

I once coached an amazing high energy guy who relentlessly pursued his goals every day and he told me he read and listened to his vision 10-15 times a day.  He had it on his phone and was actively brainwashing himself that he was achieving his goals every day.

The last ninety days for me, I’d be listening to my vision at least 4-8 times a day.

I never once read my vision.  I’m hooked on the audio.  It’sHeadphones easy, convenient, my recording pumps out the same level of passion and energy, every time, no matter what I’m feeling.  It works for me.

My overall attitude and the amount of action I’ve pumped into my goals is awesome.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

  • The first time I listen to my vision, my “Critical Voice” has a field day – “that won’t happen!”, “You can’t do that!!”,  “You’re not good enough!!!”…and a whole lot more is thrown at my vision as my Critical Voice desperately tries to pull me off track.Headphones 2
  • The second time I listen to my vision, I start to get excited. I can see the possibility of it happening.  My Critical Voice has stopped talking.  I start hearing, like it was for the first time, the cool things I’m creating.  I fall in love with my goals again.  I take the emotions on my recording seriously.  It’s a completely different listening.  The first time I listen, is a struggle with my Critical Voice, the second time, I actually hear and appreciate my vision.
  • The third and any other time I listen to my vision, is HEadphones 1all about  pure enjoyment and appreciation of my strongly desired future. I hear things freshly.  I get reminded of details, I need to get right in my day.  I have insights about things I need to create in order to have the vision come true.
  • Four listening’s of my vision pumps me up. It has a noticeable and very positive effect upon my day.

I trust you are inspired to write and tape your inspiring vision after reading this.  You’ll find some help to do that here.

I also trust that if you have written and recorded your vision, that you, at the very least, read or listen to it at least twice.  That way you break the power of your Critical Voice to dominate your life.

Once you do that, you’ll have so much fun doing it, that it’ll be easy to listen to it a few more times.

It’s gotta be good for you!

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How to deal with grief at work

Trust these three things that work for me, work for you:

  1. Plan your day the night before.  Make sure you have your priorities and actions clearly written down.
  2. Share your grief throughout the day.  Talking about it is good for you.  Give yourself short intervals of grief airtime.  Then read your plan for the day and get back into action.
  3.   Be patient with yourself.  Don’t expect it to go away quickly. Acknowledge yourself.  Support yourself with breaks, cups of coffee and food.  Keep going back to your plan and keep working it throughout the day.  If you see that it’s a good idea to call it a day and go home – do that.  Take care of yourself.  You are your number one priority.
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Learn to be emotionally intelligent with yourself…and others. email me.