Simple Rules and Emergencies

Photo by Kristy Johnson

Photo by Kristy Johnson

Most of us know the importance of being proactive rather than reactive, but in many organizations, emergencies and "fires" can be the norm.  An organization can tell employees that one of its values is being proactive, but what does that mean?  As Seth Godin points out, "An organization that's run on emergencies and reaction to incoming doesn't know what to do when there are no problems."  A simple rule can help translate a value into a behavior.

During AYE, I started discussing what a simple rule for being proactive might be.  We came up with:

Listen to your gut and share information freely.

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.