Agile kids manifesto and kidban boards

By guest blogger Paul Carter, “Agile Family Guy”

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Bring your child to work day resulted in a lot of excitement and 20 more kids learning to using Agile at home for school and life balance. My daughters, Ashlyn Carter, 12, and Kelsi Carter, 8, shared the agile wisdom they learned with their peers.

“‘On your mark’, is of course, the backlog of all the stuff I want to do–prioritized,” says Ashlyn. “And ‘Get set’ is my weekly sprint plan. ‘Go!’ is how we limit work in progress and get more done. This is what I am doing today. Then, let’s reward our success and celebrate at the end of the week when we see how much we have pulled across the finish line!”

“Bring your child to work day resulted in a lot of excitement and 20 more kids learning to using Agile at home for school and life balance.”

– Paul Carter

“The daily stand up keeps you on track. It helps you stay committed and get stuff done,” says Kelsi. “I always like to add a ‘donuts with dad’ user story on my individual board. We also use a family board at home for chores, projects and family activities,” she adds.

My kids’ classmates worked together to create an ‘agile kids manifesto’ and made portable ‘kidban’ boards. The most rewarding part was hearing back from delighted parents two weeks later on how their children are embracing an agile framework and principles (Scrum/Kanban) for happy, balanced families.

Agile Kids Manifesto

We are uncovering better ways of doing work and having fun! By doing it and helping others do it, we have come to value:

  • You can do it, we will help

  • Talk it out
  • Work together to figure it out
  • It’s better together
  • Make people happy
  • Do it well
  • Do it fast
  • Get it done
  • Keep it simple
  • Change is good
  • Steady wins the race
  • Pause, assess & improve

Kid Manifesto authored by Whitney Vanderstel, influenced by the agilemanifesto.org.

Follow guest blogger Paul Carter on Twitter @AgileFamilyGuy or www.agilefamilyguy.com

Agile Kids Manifesto

 

 

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