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Decision Making with Agile Mindset

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

“It is essential to have a good tool, but it is also essential that the tools should be used in the right way.”

Agile mindset is the best tool anyone could have but using it in the right direction is the key required.

You all must have guessed the topic of today’s discussion?

Yes, it indeed is using the agile mindset in the right direction for decision-making.

As we know in business decision-making is one of the most important key skills. This skill can make business success we can’t even imagine. The severity of decision-making also depends on the roles and responsibilities of an individual. Higher is the post, difficult is the decision-making. The higher roles have to face critical condition and decision which involves others' direction of working and future.


When it comes to the agile mindset we know some basic ways of thinking as

  • The future can never be predicted.

  • It’s natural to show unexpected changes.

  • It is always difficult to anticipate the entire relevant situation before time.

Keeping this in mind, individuals try to take action with

  • No upfront planning, strategies, plans are made as they go further.

  • Makes decision quickly but bring it into action after the last responsible moment

  • They learn and further adjust their thinking as per their learnings.

  • Makes things transparent and visible

  • They create structures, rules, systems, and processes that are adaptable and evolving.

In short, they think and work with simplicity.


Thought Process of Agile Mindset
Agile mindset

Now as we revised the basic criteria going with the agile mindset it will be easier to understand the further senses and thought process of the agile mindset.

Moving towards the thought process of agile mindset we will know that it requires all five senses of human beings that are touch, vision, hearing, smell, and taste in the process.

The thought process consists of three basic steps which consist


1. Sensing

By using the senses required at the situation we must understand the issue or the situation. For example, when someone narrates the issue you must use your hearing very well, or when in a situation that consists issue you observe the scenario in detail. You must hear or observe the issue with utter concentration trying to answer some basic questions mentioned

  • What are inputs?

  • What are the unknowns in inputs?

  • What is the standing out in inputs?

Once we know answers to these questions we will move further on,

2. Thinking

We will think about our understanding and try to analyze the situation. The best way to remember the points is to write them down. In this section try to answer the questions as

  • What is the situation displayed about the organization and you as being a leader?

  • What are the exact actions to be taken without any thought?

  • What are the constraints of the next steps?

The above sections, will formulate some answers and try to go through some experiments to further analyze this situation creating our next section

3. Response

In this section, we will analyze and observe the outcome of the experiments and decide our actions or we can say our response. Here we will answer ourselves questions like

  • What is the outcome we are expecting?

  • What will be our action for that?

  • What are the results we are expecting from our actions?

  • What we can try to know the unknowns?

  • What result do we want from our trying?

Now we will move towards using this thought process in decision making


Thought Process in Decision Making
Agile

To understand this thought process in a better way for decision making we will try to do with an example. So consider you are a CEO of the cement production company whose revenue his 13 billion high and 162000 employees working were one of the sites had an accident. So the first Sensing sections answer will be

1)

· Your Position- CEO

· Workers- 16200

· Revenue- 13 billion

2) Other than this all other details are unknown.

3) A employee has lost his life while working.


The second thinking section answer will consider as

1) The organization has safety issues and being a CEO I’m responsible for this.

2) Stop the production in that area temporarily till safety is verified.

3) The stakeholders as well as an employee are constrained in my actions.


In our third Response section, we have formulated the issue and worked on the employee safety problem currently but need to work on stakeholder’s issue that is profit. To achieve this we need to work on the safety issue and start the production as soon as possible. While doing so we must keep stakeholders regularly informed.

By following the above thought process we can surely be able to take the right decision. This proves that “Agile is more a ‘direction,’ than ‘an end’ a philosophy and mindset at a broad level.”


About Advance Agility

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