Session type:

Talk

Presented by:

Evelyn Goodall

GDS

Session time:

15 May 14:00 15:00

Session duration:

60 minutes

About the session

Ever felt paralysed by the sheer amount of stuff you want to achieve? Has your team expressed frustration at having too much to do? Learning how to eat frogs with an agile mindset, and teaching your team to do the same, could help you to deliver better value to users more quickly and more efficiently. 

Frog eating is a term derived from the Mark Twain quote "If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first".

If you use that principle in conjugation with the Pareto Principle, that 20% of your tasks account for 80% of your valuable output, you can choose which task in your to-do list is your biggest "frog", and eat it.

This removes the paralysis that comes from having "too much to do", and empowers teams to not do the things that won't provide value.

Participant takeaways:

  • How to prioritize user needs over pet projects and be open to changing priorities.
  • Maximize the amount of work not done to focus on what is truly important.
  • Apply these principles to Kanban System Design, breaking rules if necessary to get the right things done. 

Themes:

Agile, Productivity, Motivation, Soft Skills, Kanban, Happiness

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