At the end of each iteration in Agile Software Development we have a retrospective. Where we answer 3 basic questions: What did I do well? What do I need to improve on? and What will I do specifically to address the items I need to improve on? Well for Iteration 2012, my retrospective looks something like this.
What did I do well?
I have successfully introduced Agile to a willing group of talented software engineers and managementWhat do I need to improve on?
I have successfully run Agile projects at both Farm Bureau and Burt’s Bees
I have successfully increased my knowledge of manufacturing processes and systems
I need to be more aware of and keep more up with technology changes in my core competenciesWhat will I do specifically to address the items I need to improve on?
I need to be better at making networking a priority
I need to be less dependent on the status quo
I will write a functional program in at least 2 new languages and publish those programsShort and sweet. An Agile approach to the year. Maybe next I will have a Sprint Planning Meeting for the next Iteration: Iteration 2013.
I will contact at least one person in my linked in contacts at least ever other week
I will discuss my opportunities within Burt’s with my boss and actively work on career objectives whether at Burt's or not.
So another year has come and gone. There have been many changes in the world and all around us locally. 2012 brought significant change in my personal and professional career.
In my professional life I have had setbacks and success, closure and new beginnings, disappointment and inspiration. I left Farm Bureau Insurance for Burt's Bees. And at Burt's I have had great success. I introduced Agile and have had a very successful Agile project complete and in the books. We shall see what Burt’s has to offer me in 2013.
Till next time…