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Creating your own story

How can you practically deploy Agile in your team? Read how Stephan Hitchins navigates the twists and turns of an Agile approach.

So far this week, we’ve explored three examples of Agile in practice: two I’ve shared and one you’ve found on your own.

Now, I want you to get creative by writing your own fictional story of Agile in practice. I want you to imagine a scenario in which you use Agile in your team on a particular project. If you’re not currently working in a team, then consider a scenario based on a team you’d like to be part of in future.

Follow these steps:

  1. Identify the project. What is a project that your team (or a team that you’d like to work in) could potentially apply Agile practices to? Remember, this is a fictional example, so let your imagination run wild if you want to!
  2. Tell the story. In a notebook or your preferred digital tool, write a short story of around 300–500 words. Your story should tell the tale of how your team goes about completing the work and should demonstrate each of the four Agile values and 12 Agile principles.
  3. Like any good story, it should have twists and turns and ups and downs (that will allow you to demonstrate the Agile principle of adapting and encouraging change!).
  4. After drafting your story, review it in line with the four Agile values and 12 Agile principles. Do you need to make any edits to ensure your story tells a tale of ultimate Agile success?

The purpose of this exercise is to get you thinking about how you can practically deploy Agile in your team and to hopefully inspire you to navigate the twists and turns of an Agile approach. Take your time, and let your creativity flow.

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