Personal Agility System a coaching and prioritization framework, co-created by the scrum coaches Peter Stevens and Maria Matarelli, which helps people to do more what matters and with a greater impact through their actions.

In today’s life, many of us… rather I should say almost all of us have more things to do than the time we have, to do them. Many a time our to-do list keeps growing, everything is important, everything is in progress and nothing is complete. And the biggest challenge is understanding your priority, deciding what to do and what not to do.

Personal Agility helps you to identify and prioritize your goal, what really matters to you, and do more of that! As the name suggests, it is based on the agile values, principles and patterns as Scrum and Agile software development, but also recognizes that organizing your life is a different challenge than developing products as a team. You can use Personal Agility to identify and work toward their important goals in life and work.

Personal Agility is inspired by the concept of powerful questioning, which helps you ask and find answers to that will enable you to make better use of your time:

6 Questions of PAS:

1. What really matters? – Answering this will provide context for answering the following questions.
2. What did I get done this week? Celebrate your accomplishments and feel good about yourself!
3. What could I do? – Gather all your to-do’s in a place to see them.
4. Of those things, what is important and what is urgent? — Triage! What are the most needed tasks to complete at the earliest?
5. Of the urgent and important things, what do I want to do this week? — Take only as much as you can complete.
6. Who can help? – Identify who can help you remove the dependency or bottleneck if you are
stuck somewhere. This question and the answer can both help you get unstuck.

3 Pillars of personal impact: Help you to recognize where you are and where you are heading towards!

Pillar:1 Capability: Get things done: We need to be able to keep a track of the things in our to-do list and their progress.

Pillar:2 Prioritize: Get the right things done! We can do so many things, some of them are important and some are not. We need to prioritize in order to choose what really matters or what is important, and for that, we need to identify or figure out why this task is more important than others.

Pillar:3 Create Alignment and listen: The key to alignment is asking the right questions and listening. If we agree with someone else on what really matters, we need to ask the right question to them and listen and understand what is important for them, what really matters to them. The common decision will strive to achieve the same goals.

These are the elementary things we need to know/follow to start Personal Agility. To dig deeper and make it more impactful, Personal Agility consists of a few roles, events and tools which help you ask and answer powerful questions and ensure you are heading towards the right direction to accomplish your goal. The next chapter will come up with the detailing of the tools – Priorities Map, Forces Map and Breadcrumb Trail.

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Author's Bio
Piyali Karmakar

Piyali Karmakar

Working as a senior consultant with Ernst & Young (EY), Piyali has rich experience in Agile Facilitation and Scrum and strongly believes in the values, principles of Manifesto for Agile Software Development and coaches teams to follow them in their work. Her stint as Scrum Master and Agile Team facilitator have helped her to look at the human aspect of product development and support teams to deliver high quality products.