How do you feel about change? I like some changes. Others? Not so much. I like change when I can see the effect of my exercise program: I have more toned muscles and more endurance. I don’t like change when I see the scale with higher numbers.

I also don’t like change that’s foisted on me. I prefer to select my changes and implement them myself.

We don’t always have that chance.

I have a difficult time responding to change when I can’t see my reality. What is really going on? Is this a real change or a momentary blip?

Sometimes, the scale is a momentary blip. More often, for me, it’s reality. In our organizations, someone wants to change something, such as a transition to agile. Is this a management desire that will be a fad, or is it a real cultural change? Only time can tell us.

I have trouble adapting if I can’t see my reality.

I don’t know about you, but if I think something is a momentary blip, I can fool myself into thinking my reality has not changed. This is how I can gain five pounds over a winter, and not realize it’s happening.

I fool myself into thinking each little blip is not adding up to a real change. We see this on projects all the time. We think we make progress on some part of it, and then, all of a sudden, we realize we have not made either enough progress or any progress. This is how traffic light status reporting moves from green to red in a week.

What do we need to do, to see our reality? I like to look at trends, for myself and projects. I measure my weight on a weekly basis and write it down. That way, I can see trends over time.

I measure my exercise and write it down. I can see trends over time.

I measure project trends and write them down. I see trends over time.

You can see my pattern: Write things down to see my trends. I journal for qualitative data and measure trends for quantitative data.

Maybe you can intuit your actual reality over time. I can’t. I need to write things down and look at the trends over time. I recommend you do, too. Whatever your challenge, find a way to see your reality. That will allow you to adapt to whatever changes you have.

More Learning With Johanna

Gil Broza and I are offering the  Influential Agile Leader, May 9-10, 2017 in Toronto. If your agile transformation is stuck, we will help you see and practice other possibilities.

I have opened registration for the following online workshops: 

Writing Workshop 1 helps you build a daily writing habit.

Writing Workshop 2: Secrets of Successful Non-Fiction Writers is for those people who have the writing habit and want to improve and publish more. 

Practical Product Owner workshop helps you learn to build roadmaps and the stories that help the team deliver working product.I hope you can join me for any of these opportunities. 

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