What’s my plan? That’s a question I was asked recently. It occurred to me in that moment that I didn’t have one. Sure. I had a vision, I knew the next few steps, and I knew where I wanted my teams to get. However, the longer term was fuzzy, and it depended on how a few bets panned out. Those bets would tell me if I should amplify or dampen something we were doing. So if I didn’t have a plan, what did I have?
I realized what I had instead was a north star. Well, maybe a few of them. Or maybe they’re better described as a set of heuristics? Guiding principles? I don’t know what to call them. What I do know is I’ve collected them over the last decade as an agilist, and they drive my decisions and how I interact with world around me. They look something like this: