Key Factors that help Foster the Agile Mind-Set

Three key factors in the Agile Mind-Set are emotional intelligence, collaboration and resilience.

Emotional Intelligence and the Agile Mind-Set

This includes such traits as written, verbal and non-verbal communication as well as responsibility, team membership and self-motivation. Without these skills it is difficult for an Agile Team Member to simultaneously be part of a team and self-motivated to complete their own work as well as helping to guide their team.

Collaboration and the Agile Mind-Set

Emotional Intelligence is the gateway trait into collaboration. For example knowing when to assist other team members with their work, contributing to the definition, planning and execution of Sprints as well as delivering work assigned. Collaboration with Stakeholders and a Management Team is also essential, including the ability to know when to escalate issues and step in as an SME.

Resilience and the Agile Mid-Set

Resilience is important because it means being flexible – e.g. if an in-flight project changes direction or if your role changes from being an SME in critical meetings with 3rd parties one week and then taking on User Stories the next week that may be more mundane in nature. This feeds into the notion of being “T”-shaped which is a trait which is useful but can cause issues if misunderstood or “forced” upon Agile Team Members.

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