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Failure #4: Repeating Failed Patterns

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“If we really understood our own problems,

they wouldn’t be problems anymore.”

- Anonymous

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Return to your prioritized list of challenges and select the next most-important challenge affecting your life.

...and Repeat

Step #4: Compare Yourself Against the AMMI Checklists

Action #4: Pick an Area to Change

  • Click a link below within your Range of Influence.

  • Review the points of guidance in search of an area that might be contributing to your problem.

  • Select a technique from the list that might help you with that point of guidance, or consult a coach.

  • Try something different. Are you better off than you were before? How would you know?

  • If you are not better off, try something else.

Agile was built on this concept of breaking out of our comfort zone. Since the gathering in Snowbird, Utah where the Agile Manifesto was written, Agile practitioners have been sharing insights, practices, and techniques within the community. It’s important to explore, learn, and try out new approaches.

  1. Think about that top problem you identified in Step #1.

  2. Consider the Point of Collaboration where it occurs: People, Design, Planning, Implementation, Verification, or Operation.

  3. Pair that with your Range of Control, e.g. Team Design or Product Design.

  4. Visit the matching section in the AMMI Playbook. 

    • Explore the different practices within that area.

    • Review the points of Guidance for each practice.

    • Do you recognize any points of Guidance that your team is not doing?

We often don’t know what we don’t know. What usually gets us in trouble are the “unknown unknowns”. It’s important to get out of our own heads and use an external “System of Record” to diagnose the source of our problems. As Albert Einstein is famous for saying, “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

*NOTE: We usually see terms like “Coding” and “Testing” here, but Agile works in more places than IT/software.