#WIPMondays: Agile with Christie Veitch Martinez

Stop starting. Start finishing. I didn't know what to expect when I reached out to Christie Veitch Martinez from Scaled Agile (the provider of SAFe, the leading framework for business agility) to talk with me about Agile development. I did expect we would be diving into some seriously nerdy stuff—Agile is primarily a software development methodology. (You may be familiar with Kanban boards for visualizing and managing workflow—you know, the sticky note columns? Those are used in Agile.) But I'm not involved with software development.

I was introduced to Agile when I worked with Christie at a tech start-up several years ago. I wasn't developing software, but we were a small company and I worked with the engineers and got to learn a bit about software project management. But wait! How does software development apply to a recovering attorney/author/household CEO like myself? That's what I wanted to talk to Christie about, because Agile methodologies can be used in our day-to-day lives to improve communication, invite feedback, and break down huge projects into manageable tasks.

Watch the full video below, but, first, here are a couple of highlights from our chat:

Christie's #WIPMondays action step:

Something Christie told me off-line is that because Agile is human-centric, it's less prescriptive than some people think it is. In Agile, work is decentralized to teams and individuals to decide how best to apportion the tasks. But we can't let the selection process consume the time we have to actually get things done, so in her action step below, Christie provides some guidance on how to choose.

This is a great step to take after you've created the Not-To-Do List recommended by productivity consultant Lisa Montanaro our earlier #WIPMondays chat.

What we're reading:

Christie's background is in linguistics and teaching, so it's no surprise she's a big reader. She's reading: Dog Is Love, by Clive D.L. Wynne, PhD; N.K. Jemisin's Hugo Award-winning The Broken Earth Trilogy (which I think I need to buy for my daughter); and Designing for Modern Learning, by Lisa M.D. Owens and Crystal Kadakia (not pictured). I'm reading an early copy of debut historical fiction: Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce. Chicago's Black Belt in the 1920s? Sign me up! Suspense and mystery galore (releases March 30, 2021).

Watch our chat below!

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