What is an Habit matrix?
Unfortunately, it is often impossible to see the behavior of an individual employee whether this contributes to the agile culture in the long term. That makes it difficult to recognize unhealthy habits. It works better to study the undesirable long-term effect and to look for the underlying unhealthy habits. I have developed a tool to help agile leaders: the Habit Matrix. This tool supports brainstorming about undesirable effects and underlying unhealthy habits and helps to design healthy habits. The Habit Matrix looks like this:
Why this Habit matrix?
Habits are a powerful and strong part of the culture. In order to implement a culture change, the habits first have to change. Habits are quickly adopted by others. A good example of this adoption speed is the following video from Brain Games:
A habit is an act or behavior that one is accustomed to and one does not think about explicitly. Think of brushing your teeth before going to bed, braking for red, pulling shoulders when you are tensed or taking off your shoes when you come home. A habit consists of three steps: trigger, routine and reward. The habit is triggered after which the routine
is rewarded. Together these three parts form the habit loop.
The trigger is a situation, moment or event. The routine is the action or action that might have been uncomfortable at first, but is becoming more and more routine. Because of the reward our brains make an increasingly strong connection between the trigger and the action, so we act without thinking about it.