The Agile Manifesto draws many of its Values and Principals from military training. Understanding the problem, identifying a solution and putting it into action are key elements to a successful mission - the Australian Defence Force is respected by many countries, as its members are encouraged to think for themselves, solve for problems and trained to be cross functional in all basic areas of combat.
After 12 years in the Military (Army and Air Force) and now over four years in the corporate sector, I wanted to combine my learnings from both in an effort to help others build effective teams.
The Agile Manifesto Values and my military training have many correlations for example – Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiation. As I grew into my military career, completed deployments and built up enough experience, I took up the opportunity to be an instructor and then Course Director at the Royal Australian Air Force Officer Training School. In my role as Course Director, […]
The Agile Manifesto Values and my military training have many correlations – for example – Working Software or Solutions Over Comprehensive Documentation. The military is well known for its rigorous requirements, countless forms and demanding policies, requiring precise and accurate capturing of information for approval and signoff. I’m glad to say in my experience today’s […]
Military insights to building resilient teams It takes a strong team or group of people working together to accomplish anything – we need a common goal, a purpose and maybe even a common enemy! We need to train, practice and learn, in order to build up both our our team strength and individual skill-set. By […]
Military insights for building resilient agile teams The Agile Manifesto Values and my military training have many correlations. For example – Individuals and Interactions Over Processes and Tools. As a Digger in the Australian Army we are taught a number of rules, processes and tools to use in order to get things done. For some, the […]
Busy is a four letter word – responding by saying, “i’m busy” doesn’t reflect positively as it could mean you are not focused on anything. Instead reply with what you are actually doing. If you struggle to say what you are actually doing then you may need to look at your goals and tasks for the day and review what and why you are working on them – using agile principals here can assist.
Military insights for building resilient agile teams The Agile Manifesto and Military Training have many correlations. For example – Responding to Change over Following a Plan. When I joined the military many years ago I had to pass the Australian Army boot camp in Kapooka. It was here where my foundation agile lessons began. One such lesson […]
Teams will move through various stages as they grow and change – as a coach it’s important for you to guide them along the journey and explain to them this is not unexpected. Tuckman has detailed how to get to be a high-performing team and what pitfalls to expect along the way.
When it gets tough you need to get tougher. Understand grit and how it can help your team stay strong when things get tough by using military agile methodology and team building exercises. Agile transformations take time. Understanding and using any methodology or framework takes practise. ‘Doing’ to becoming agile is a part of cultural change…and it’s different.