One of the fundamental needs in work and life is the ability to be agile. But at a time when so much competing and conflicting priorities bombard at us we are all overwhelmed at times; in personal lives, at work, within the society we live in. Even those people who exhibit extreme calmness, resilience and success in one aspect of life buckle down in others. Why is that?
We can’t solve every problem that is out there. But we can take some part of it and build the ability to bring Clarity to it. Fundamental issues like the difficulty in breaking issues into small pieces. The ability to step out of ourselves and look around us; as ‘things to do’ and emotions feel like uncontrollably piling up. To calm down and come up with a plan. To ask questions, retrospect and act. To improve. To find resolve when analysis paralysis creeps in. To not lose sight of what is important.
We live in a world where everything is accelerating. We know how to address change, but now the ‘pace of change’ is accelerating. Balancing in an accelerating world has become a very important Art.
When I speak of agile in life situations I am particularly interested in one method of agile called Scrum. One specific role of Scrum to be precise – The Scrum Master, who is the orchestrator of the Scrum team.
a Scrum Master is a servant leader who facilitates, coaches and removes impediments so the team can deliver results
I am a Professional Scrum Master and I want people to be the Scrum masters of their life. You might think that we are not a team in our life, but we are. Not one but several teams. Our friends, our family, our colleagues, our society, our associations and so on, these are all our teams. And we should strive to be a Servant leader to them.
Facilitating their interactions, coaching them to be effective, removing impediments for us and them, being there to serve and in that process leading them.
How do you as a Scrum Master imbibe
the principles of Agile into your life and family and society? The first
step is to understand the principles of Scrum and how it works in other
contexts. The next will be to work towards building that Scrum Master
mindset which will allow us to serve and coach. You will be surprised
that even those who are trained in it have often not developed the
It is a very simple framework and a journey of improvement and mastery.