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G’day, training & certification community! Last week, I let you know about our brand-new free course called Beginner’s Guide to Agile in Jira, designed by excellent human @Andrew DeBell.
Inside that course is a tip sheet listing six concrete ideas to help you build your agile mindset. We want to hear from you with your real-life experiences putting these ideas in action.
This post is the second in a series (find the first over here—and thanks for the early comments!). In each, I’ll share one of the tips, and you can comment on this post below with how you’ve put it into practice in your professional life. Our plan is collect our favorite advice in one post, then share it back with you—and put it on our website, for other folks to learn from.
Also: We’ll be awarding something special to our most engaged users throughout the series! 👀 🥳
Ready to get started with the second tip?
Share updates. Ask questions. Be open and transparent at all times. With each interaction, challenge yourself to communicate clearly and concisely.
Encourage your team to engage in frequent discussions. Quality discussions can reveal critical information that moves the work forward and helps the team feel more connected.
Seems fundamental, doesn’t it? But sometimes even the basics can use revisiting.
Can you tell us about a method you use to make sure you’re showing communicating openly and clearly?
Where do you have room to improve on clear and open communication?
Do you have a trick to jog your memory or help you flex your habit muscle for this particular tip of open communication?
I’ll go first, to get you started with an example.
2. Though I try hard to be clear with my coworkers, I’d say I definitely have some room for improvement on concise communication. One of my favorite tricks is to write any important message—even if it’s just a Slack thread—and then leave it sit for a few hours (ideally, there’s a full night’s rest in between, but sometimes just a walk around the block will work!). When I come back, I can almost always find a slightly less verbose way of expressing myself, that turns into a more efficient use of my coworkers' time and leads to less confusion.
Enroll today in the free course: Beginner’s Guide to Agile in Jira
Read the third post in the series: Tip #3: Look for ways to innovate
Read the fourth post in the series: Tip #4: Actively improve your skills
Read the fifth post in the series: Tip #5: Ditch perfectionism
Read the sixth post in the series: Tip #6: Be ready to PIVOT
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