12 Principles of Agile Adapted — Principle # 7

Principle # 7 is short, but sweet. It answers the important question…how do we know we when we are succeeding?

The Principle is:

Working software is the primary measure of progress.

For my adaptation I have thought about this a lot of different ways and I think if I sat down to write this on 5 different days, I would settle on 5 different adaptions. This sentiment could be lent to family, friendships, career satisfaction, self-esteem, etc. As a matter of fact, I think you can easily substitute the word “software” for many different words and come up with a good adaptation. Working marriage? working car, working exercise routine…and on and on. Any area of our personal lives where we’d like to see progress fits.

However in the spirit of the principle itself I want to err on the side of keeping this broad. The word “software” can mean a lot of things and so I am going to equate personal goals in this instance. Personal goals are different to a person. For example, one of my personal goals is to complete the adaptation of all 12 principles before the end of this year. Not sure many other people could put that on their list, but if it is on yours and you happen to be reading this, I would LOVE to meet you!

Regardless of what your goals are, reaching those goals is a measure of progress in our personal lives. Maybe it is a new personal best run or a new song learned on the guitar. It all represents progress.

So, I am going with the following as the AgileIRL interpretation of this principle:

Reaching milestones towards personal goals is the primary measure of progress in our personal lives.

I definitely welcome feedback on this one as I struggled to come up with the right wording. As a matter of fact I welcome feedback on all of these. Please feel free to share your thoughts.