Agile Results

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Agile Results is a revolutionary productivity system developed by JD Meier.

We’ve experimented extensively with Agile Results at Asian Efficiency, and think that it’s an amazing way to track your goals, keep you focussed and basically help you get things done. To this end, we’ve written up an introductory guide to Agile Results which will help you get up and running with Agile right away.

What is Agile Results?

Agile Results is a different way of organizing your life and your productivity tools and systems. It relies on the concept of setting proper goals and outcomes, then directly linking your daily, weekly and monthly actions towards those goals and outcomes (this is actually the definition of productivity).

Agile Results also incorporates several important mindsets and systems to help make you more productive.

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Full List of Agile Results Articles, Tutorials, Podcasts and Screencasts

  • Agile Results Series Part 1: Overview. An introduction to the core concepts and structure behind Agile Results, with important concepts highlighted and explained.
  • Agile Results Series Part 2: Implementation. How Agile Results’ Rule of 3 works, broken down at a granular level, with a guide to implementation.
  • Agile Results Series Part 3: Agile Mods. How to set up your own Agile Results system Asian Efficiency-style, using tools and apps you’re already familiar with. Shows a detailed example of a first-run through the system, as well as how it works on a day-to-day basis.
  • Agile Results Series Part 4: More Mods. How to implement the rest of Agile Results by combining familiar principles from GTD and productivity systems with Agile.
  • Agile Results and Mind Mapping. How to solely use mind maps to implement Agile Results.
  • Setting Better Outcomes. An expanded look at Agile Results’ outcomes and how to set better and more effective outcomes.
  • Agile Results and OmniFocus. How we recommend using OmniFocus to implement Agile Results.
  • Agile Results Sprints: An In-Depth Guide and Look. A detailed look and explanation of what Agile Results Sprints are and how you go about implementing them (even if you don’t use Agile).
  • 6 Ways Agile Results is Better than GTD. Aaron explains why he likes Agile Results a lot more than GTD.
  • Agile Results and Evernote. A step-by-step guide to implementing Agile Results in Evernote.

Key Agile Results Concepts

We cover all the key concepts of Agile Results extensively in part 1 of our Agile Results Series, but here is a quick overview of the most important concepts.

  • Rule of 3. The idea of setting 3 and only 3 outcomes for each timeframe you operate in – daily, weekly, monthly and yearly.
  • Triage. Agile’s version of GTD. Doing, queueing, delegating or scheduling incoming items.
  • Agility. The ability to do something fast, seeing if it works, then tweaking it and doing it again – only better.
  • Systems Thinking. Creating systems for everything you do, to reduce friction and overhead. So important we have a whole article on it.

Agile Results Tools and Apps

We recommend using multiple tools to implement the various components of Agile Results.

  • Action Lists (to do lists): OmniFocus or Things.
  • Roadmaps and overviews: Mindjet MindManager.
  • Journals: Evernote.
  • Information Storage: Evernote, DevonThink or VoodooPad.

Agile Results Resources

Here are some additional resources on Agile Results (Getting Results).

  • The free preview text of Getting Results the Agile Way.
  • JD Meier’s blog.
  • Getting Results the Agile Way for Kindle.
  • 30 Days of Getting Results. JD Meier’s 30-day tour for implementing Agile Results.