- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Innovation Playhouse (October 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984548203
- ISBN-13: 978-0984548200
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Getting Results the Agile Way: A Personal Results System for Work and Life Paperback – October 6, 2010
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So it boils down to this: Anyone can want to get results, but if you want to see them actualized then get this book.
Let me take a step back - 'Agile' is a framework used for product development. The goal is to develop the product iteratively, incrementally, and in a time-boxed fashion. Work gets done in 2 week sprints with 'just enough' analysis, as opposed to attempting to plan everything out up-front.
What the JD Meier does in this book is present a simple way to translate this system into a personal workflow management technique.
Here are the very basics:
-At the beginning of your week (or 'sprint') plan out your key intended outcomes. You should try to bite off only what you can fit into your timeboxed sprint (in my case I like to plan 2 weeks at a time). As you do this more, you'll get better at estimating what you can bite off. Write these key intended outcomes / goals on a list.
-At the beginning of each day, pick a couple things to work on, that map directly to your weekly (or 'sprint' goals). These should come directly from what you mapped out already.
-At the end of the week (or sprint) evaluate how you performed. Ask yourself, what you can do to improve for next time.
The system is simple. The beauty of it is that as work comes in, you can store it in a 'backlog' and feed it into your system based on priority. The author also recommends to do a monthly and yearly review with higher level goals, and recommends categorizing tasks by different areas in life (i.e. family / relationships, work, recreation, etc).Read more ›
My other overall comment is that most productivity systems written out of software make me resentful because they assume that my home-life schedule is something that can be managed. I think I speak for a lot of working parents when I say that my schedule is something that I manage the same way surfers manage waves.
Useful concepts I will take from this book:
Outcomes, not activities. You don't want to be doing something, you want a finished product to show for your work. Write your tasks to reflect that.
Fix time, flex scope. You have the time you have. Instead of changing that, change how much you are trying to get done in that time.
Use your vision of the end result to drive your motivation and self-analysis.
Don't wait for inspiration. Even uninspired work is more useful than nothing.
Pretend to think like someone else to work your way through problems you are stuck on. Pick problem-solving heroes and ask yourself what they would do in a similar situation.
Work from an abundance mentality. Instead of assuming there is only so much of anything to go around, ask yourself how you could make more.
Growth feels awkward.
Things I could have lived without:
I thought that even for the structure of the book, there was a lot of repetition.
I found the emphasis on exercise and diet pretty ableist. Not everyone can "work out to maintain their health".
I was completely vexed by the assumption that emotional work was a knowable obligation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is One of the best books I have read on personal productivity. I hipe to see more from the autorPublished 7 days ago by Cliente Kindle
Have just stumbled upon this system and am going to execute with it in 2016. Seems like a great mix of GTD and Covey materials.Published 1 month ago by Ben
I love this kind of stuff - I'm integrating it with my prior work with 7 Habits / Covey model and the GTD / Allen model. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Systemic. Meier manages to fit a breadth and depth of key concepts and information that are structured without being overwhelming or gimmicky. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Babak Golshahi
All in all a good book. Some content is quite redundant but the principles are very important and life changing especially if you are not from an agile background.Published 9 months ago by garkler
I went through a stage of downloading every free self-help book Kindle had to offer, and I'm gradually making my way through them. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Martinette
It is very repetitive. He tells you what he is going to tell you twice, then tells you the information, then he sums it up by telling you what he just told you. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Susan E. Morse