Wondering how Agile sprints might be useful for scaling your business? Learn from someone who’s doing it.
In this Podcast, Bean Ninjas CEO Meryl Johnston talks to Barbara Turley about scaling your business.
Barbara Turley is the CEO of Virtual Hub. The Virtual Hub has been running for 5 years now 24/7, and currently has 150 employees. It’s a company that recruits, trains and manages virtual assistants. VAs are mainly from the Philippines but are hired for businesses all over the world.
Key Points in the Conversation with Bean Ninjas CEO Meryl Johnston:
- The meaning of an Agile sprint
- Focusing on one project (The Big Rock)
- Getting everyone together for your sprint
- The benefits of the sprint
- Celebrating achievements
“What have I done? What’s the next step for me? Where are the roadblocks?”
“What problem do you aim to solve? Why do you want to solve this problem? What results do you expect to see from solving this problem in your area for the business?”
“In a virtual environment, you don’t get to see that every day. So, it’s important to come together and realise that everyone is actually doing very good work.”
“Unless we lay the foundation and the agreements and the priorities and discuss it, people can feel very overwhelmed and try to keep all the balls in the air. Big high-achievers will try and spin all the plates at the same time, but say, we want that one particular plate to spin faster.”
“Watch the holes, watch the complaints, watch the mistakes, let the overwhelm build. Just observe and write things down.”
“Get in the game and start playing; you don’t have time to read 400 analyst reports. There’s no failure in this, there’s just discovery.”