Sparking Joy with Agile – Part 2 – Vision

In my previous blog post, I started sharing with you the commonality between the KonMari method and the Agile principles.
This time, I would like to focus on rule # 2 – Imagine your ideal lifestyle.

Kondo puts emphasis on creating a personal vision. She invites her clients to imagine their new life after the transformation is completed:
“When you imagine your ideal lifestyle, you are really clarifying why you want to tidy and envisioning your best life. The tidying process represents a turning point – so seriously consider the ideal lifestyle to which you aspire.”

We moved to our new home during the summer vacation. At some point, I was exhausted. Exhausted  from the move, from all of the tiny details I was missing out on, from all the work I had to get done with 3 kids running around most of the time. You can only imagine The amount of noise in my head… It felt like being in a  central train station. And I, I was a train wreck…
Then a friend told me: “Remember what you are doing this for. Remember the vision.”
At that moment, it felt as if a switch turned down the volume noise. It wasn’t like the noise wasn’t there anymore, but it was much more manageable.
I was able to shift my focus away from the noise and see all the progress we have made in a short time, to see how my vision was taking form.
I even took a picture of my new bedroom window.

In professional life, as in personal life, having a clear vision guides you through uncertainty and helps you and your team in making the right experiments and decisions along the way.
It is a great communication tool that helps you explain your decisions to others.
It is also a great alignment tool to drive an organization together. Making sure we are all heading in the same direction.

What is your company vision?
What is your product vision?
What is your personal vision?

If you are part of an agile journey, when was the last time you asked yourself and your team – What are we trying to achieve by becoming agile?
Doing Agile because this is the way organizations operate today, is not enough. It is like having a tidy bedroom closet, but the rest of the house is packed with things that do not spark joy.
Therefore, you need to imagine the desired outcome you aspire to and then break that vision into the actions required to actualize it.

There are many tools that can help you set a vision.
Your vision can be a short sentence, a mantra/slogan, a vision box or even a letter from the future. What I have learned is that in order to formulate your vision, the most precious resource you need is time.

All too often I find that it is very challenging to take a break from focusing on the “now” and to focus on the imagined future.
I invite you to invest in this effort. It will make a great impact on your day to day focus.

As for how to create a vision, personal or wider, well… that calls for a blog post of its own.

In my next blog post I will be exploring KonMari’s 3rd rule: Finish discarding first. Which, in my view, translates into the agile manifesto’s “Simplicity – the art of maximizing the amount of work not done – is essential”

Stay tuned.

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