Work and Life??

It was many years ago, during my training when one of those ‘ah ha’ moments happened.

I was talking to Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of SCRUM, and he said that most of what Agile was, was common sense, and really that there was a load of what we do in Management that has no sense at all really. Like starting off on a journey and never adjusting your drive; never reacting to the changes in environment. It make me realise that much of what we understand – the principles etc can apply to our holistic life. For example:

  • I do an end of year retrospective with my family about how the year has gone (Usually we use the Good, The Bad and The Ugly)
  • When we do a family holiday, we use a backlog of possibilities and vote for the one we want and see how we can get most of the outcomes and value we want in one ‘sprint-holiday’.
  • I advised a lady who was planning to get married in around 5 months after the SCRUM course she took , to create a release plan and have a simple backlog board for all the things she needed to get done for the Big Day, and have a planning meetings every Sunday evening with her partner.

Whenever I talk through these ideas, people start by smiling at me…. oddly….. , but then, I say the following

“If these ideas and techniques work with teams in the office, why not use them with the most important team you are in ….. your family?”


Then the light goes on and the smiles start and people take away something they really want to try. I’ve been blessed with many pieces of feedback from such an idea. One of the best was the bride who sent me photos of her scrumboard every week, and sent me also a picture of the happy day with a note that said \Powered by Scrum’

What about you? have you used any of these techniques at home? On your family? I’d love to hear in the comments