Agile Self-Assessments

We often use a “life wheel” in personal coaching to help clients form a visual self-assessment of key facets in their life.¬† By scoring areas in their life such as Finance, Friends, Family, Career, Health and Well-being and Personal Growth on a scale from 1-10 (1 representing unfulfilled and 10 fulfilled) and plotting the results on a spider diagram, a person can get an often times surprising visual of the balance or imbalance in their life.

This is also a very effective tool for teams to provide their subjective view of their personal and teams level of agility.

The important thing to remember is that this is strictly the individuals expressed opinion at a snapshot in time.

The opinion may not accurately reflect the true performance of the team, but it does provide insight into how each member feels about the current state of their process.

Further insight can be gained by overlaying results from various areas of the team – Product Owner, Developers, QA, and Stakeholders

Dean Leffingwell’s Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises, (Addison-Wesley 2007) offers a 25 pt self assessment as well as a more comprehensive 60 pt assessment to help teams continuously evaluate, assess and improve their agile practice.

Sample 60 pt Self-Assessment long form

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