Skip to content
Header_web Kopie

STEP #2: Growth Mindset: The Cheat Code To Starting Through

Welcome to "Getting Ready to Work Agile in Three Easy Steps". I am your host Kevin and I will help you to understand agile, develop the right mindset and get ready to gain work experience.

The first step was to decide on the problem you have and the appropriate methodology to solve it. The second step is to develop your skills according to the methodology you have chosen. Now imagine that you have chosen one of the agile methodologies. The next step is to grow your mindset accordingly. You should do this in two dimensions.

LzW5SwuzhC5ybH2imXeDf-imgLearn to apply agile elements yourself
On the one hand learn to grow agile practices that help you understand agile. On the other hand, understand elements written down in the agile manifesto. So let's dig a little deeper. It is very important to understand the basics, but you should also try to practice agile. Apply agile elements yourself and use them for self-organisation. Secondly, you should really get used to reviewing and adapting practices. This can be overridden by empirical processes where you decide based on observations and metrics. Then you should really focus on managing the work system and not the people. What is often called micromanagement is not what agile is about. And you have to look constantly for optimisation potential in the daily processes. So whenever you see something that can help you get better from one place to another, try to implement it. Besides this team alignment, cadence and synchronisation is very important. Because transparency is one of the highest prioritized things in agile, it is something that you really get used to. As well as really keeping an eye on value optimisation and customer centricity - in short, finding the most value in the things you do. You also have to understand the different frameworks in the market and get a basic idea of those systems. This will help you understand organisations and processes better.
Social-emotional factors

YDITs5KieT6tp2q95uLHh-imgOn the right hand side you have the social-emotional factors. The agile values are the most important ones. Things like people and interactions, collaboration, working solutions and responding to change are important to drive teams to success. In addition, agile ethics help individuals contribute to the team and the team's success. Such as psychological safety, so that you can speak openly without being afraid of negative consequences, staying efficient and being self-organised. Finally it is respect to the people in your team and outside. And then there are 12 guiding principles of agile working. It can be said that if all these things are all clear and understood, it is time to level up. Now you have to search for an environment where you can apply these ideas and grow into agile. Look for opportunities to apply collaborative development, use metrics to decide on your next steps, and familiarise yourself with user story design when writing down work tasks. If you are working in a team, try to own your tasks and collaborate closely. Continuous learning in the sense of a growth mindset is important to understand things like the customer-centricity or value-driven organisations we talked about earlier.


In conclusion, once you have decided on a methodology, it is obvious what skills you need to acquire. It is very important not only to understand it in theory, but also to apply this knowledge in practise. How to find the right place to gain experience is something I will talk about in the next video.