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Be Agile Week Challenge - Helping People Achieve Awesomeness

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What is the Be Agile Week Challenge?

We are asking for you to dream with us for a moment. Suspend disbelief!

The goal of the “Be Agile Week” challenge is to influence people to do something socially beneficial from March 11, 2019 through March 17, 2019 for one or more people at work, home, or the community, then share the experiences and stories on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, et al.  You may also do something specific for yourself, for example, learning a new skill.

This is a call for people to act locally as a team or individual working in community by doing something kind, specific, and socially impactful, but also think about global implications by using agile practices that scales or grow.

Share your actions or experiences on Twitter at @agileopenaz and be sure to use #BeAgileWeek in your posts and tweets!  

Thank you for sharing this experience with us.

How it Works - Anyone Can Participate


1) Vision (Why)

  • Create a vision for what you plan to achieve. It’s a way to get a soft, easy start on big ideas.


Team Collaboration

2) Team Collaboration

  • Nominate a friend to do their own or as an accountability buddy to help you
  • Enroll anyone willing to help you achieve it by putting your heads together
  • Get traction before you’re certain you know how to pull it off
  • Lower the cost of guessing wrong the first time
Prioritized List

3) Prioritized list with acceptance criteria for success

  • Create a simple list of prioritized work to do that would meet the vision.  The acceptance criteria should be a measurable outcome. Backlog item example:  paint the statue downtown that has been covered in pigeon poop for years.  Acceptance criteria example: I can’t see pigeon poop anymore.
Estimate or No Estimate

4) Estimate / No Estimate

  • You may estimate how long it takes to complete each backlog item, so you can have a sense of progress, or know when you’re stalled, or even backsliding.  You also have the option of not estimating as well.
Execute Prioritized List

5) Execute Prioritized List

  • Execute on the prioritized list and Get Stuff Done!
Measure Outcome

6) Measure Outcome and Recipient Satisfaction

  • Evaluate if you met the acceptance criteria for each prioritized list item.  Gather feedback from the person who receives value from your socially beneficial act.  Share the experience via Twitter @agileopenaz with #BeAgileWeek.
Reflect to Improve

7) Reflect to Improve for Next Time

  • a) How did it go?  b) What worked? c) What went amuck?  d) Figure out what you want to change.
Rinse and repeat

8) Rinse and Repeat

  • Do it all again - Step 1.

How to Share Your Experiences?

A Few Ides to Consider

Challenge Ideas

The time box to complete the challenge is from March 11, 2019 to March 15, 2019 to produce

  • [Build your own Here]
  • Dr. Richie Rich: Your City AchievementUse a flash mob to fix something broken in your city for a while.  
  • Dr. Richie Rich: Food Waste DistributionCollect food from companies that can be distributed to the hungry and homeless.
  • Increase your physical condition
  • Lose weight
  • Get into a school
  • Get an interview
  • Get a job
  • Get a license
  • Get a certification
  • Clean a park
  • Distribute jackets/food to homeless


Challenge Games

The "Make It Visible" Game

  • Make a chart (with stickies, and/or erasable you can revise it) to visually model, plan and track the Work you are doing in life.
  • The problems you are confronting in life.
  • The Goals you have in life.
  • The People you serve in life. (Break them down into their interests, their relationships with you, others, what they've said or not.)
  • How you want to learn more about the things above.
  • Now show it to a friend, team mate or stranger, and Ask For Help (Core Protocols)  Try doing Perfection Game intermittently with different people.  (Hint: Even feedback is 'help.')


The Walkabout (Walking N Talking) Game

  • Invite a lot of people to gather at a specific place and time, to walk and talk about what matters to you most, for 15 minutes total. (Physically and psychologically safe place and time.)
  • Group whoever shows up into pairs, or a trio if there's an odd number of folks.
  • Turn 1: While walking shoulder to shoulder, around a simple route 15 minutes in length, Person A describes their goals, actions, obstacles or concerns (write GAOC on your hand or a sticky to help you remember), then listens to Person B say something about that if Person B wants to.  End Turn 1 at 7.5 minutes.
  • Turn 2: Change roles, keep Walking N Talking.
  • Done.
  • Switch Partners if pairs want to go change partners and go again.


Perfection Game (Core Protocols)

  • People should play Perfection Game (Core Protocols) with the people who they are trying to serve in their work or private life.
  • They could play it at least 1 time per day, or see how many times they can get their "customers" to play it with them in 1 day.

Here's the diversity of people who can practice "Personal Agility" whether they are on a team or not:

  1. Parents
  2. Spouses
  3. Children
  4. Government workers
  5. Volunteers
  6. Street Performers
  7. Artisans
  8. Technicians
  9. Trade professionals
  10. Service professionals (Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants, Dentists, Waiters, Gas Station Attendants)
  11. Candidates for political office
  12. Military personnel (subset of 4. above)

Build a backlog of experiments and improvements you want to make, to serve the world better, and leave it better than you found it, and have someone hold you accountable to your goal, and to give you feedback. (The Camper's Code - Leave it better than you found it!)

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