Agile Homecoming

Since my agile journey began I have always been curiously passionate about how we can use this mindset to enable households to inspect and adapt, reduce and prioritise the life long ‘To Do’ list to live a fulfilling life by reducing waste.

As I have started to work through this journey, I wanted to explore with my loyal readers what that means and how that translates.

So Agile the new buzz word yet old methodology needs a little summarising. Firstly, what is an agile mindset?


An agile mindset is the set of attitudes supporting an agile working environment. These include respect, collaboration, improvement and learning cycles, pride in ownership, focus on delivering value, and the ability to adapt to change. This mindset is necessary to cultivate high-performing teams, who in turn deliver amazing value for their customers.

Susan McIntosh

Not only is this transferable from the way we work with others in a business environment but, I hope, it is also embedded in our personal values and can be easily adapted at home too.

And Agile itself, well that’s the bit that gets individuals, teams and businesses get into a good old muddle about. Agile is not working remotely, this is simply remote working.


Agile is the ability to create and respond to change. It is a way of dealing with, and ultimately succeeding in, an uncertain and turbulent environment.

Agilealliance.org

Does this not relate to how and what we live like on a day to day? Surely this ‘Agile Methodology’ has the ability if we allow into our households to improve the way we live.

And why do I talk about households and not families? Because agile doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter if you are are 2.4, flat mates, mate flats, 2.6, 1+2.3.4 … It’s about living together in a household regardless of the composition.

Right, first answer me this: how many of us plan out meticulously every single day at least 1. the budget for the day, 2. the activities and 3. how long they will take, // with of course no flexibility at all? And then get to the end of the day and have met all three items?

Not me.

We constantly throughout our day have to inspect and adapt the way we live, but if we are going to be responding to change then let’s start to look at how we can achieve that without constantly going over budget, running over time or cutting out the quality activities and generating waste.

Starting from the top let’s look at where we can add value by using the time we already have:

Breakfast, snack time, lunch and dinner.

Why not look at this time differently, you already have them scheduled so utilise this time with the household to generate a plan for the next 24 hours, and at a minimum, getting one or two things off the to do list, working towards a common goal and sharing the areas that are slowing you down to gain support and knowledge from those around you…

I will be exploring more of this in the coming weeks, starting with snack time dailys, where you just need a 15 min burst to plan your next 24h with your household, it’s as quick as making a cuppa tea, and finding the cookies you hid yesterday!

But for now, with permission, I have been able to share the reflection of learning that my nephews and I completed on 5th May in reflection of the Spanish lessons that I have been teaching since lockdown, check it out:

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