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Personal Retrospectives for Self-Improvement, Microsoft Tech Days Sweden, 2016

Personal Retrospectives for Self-Improvement, Microsoft Tech Days Sweden, 2016

Retrospectives are a great way for a team to learn and grow. Why restrict those benefits to the workplace? This talk will introduce the idea of a ”personal retrospective” in which you as an individual take time to reflect on your behavior at regular intervals in order to grow. First, we’ll cover establishing the equivalent of the ”agile principles” for your life. Then, we’ll delve into how to conduct the personal retrospective itself. Finally, we’ll discuss ways to measure the effectiveness of the practice over time.

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Presented November 17, 2016 at Microsoft Tech Days Sweden in Stockholm

http://tdswe.se/session/retrospect-yourself-using-personal-retrospectives-to-improve-productivity-level-100/
http://compassionatecoding.com/personal-retrospectives

April Wensel

November 17, 2016
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  1. Retrospect Yourself April Wensel Founder of Compassionate Coding @aprilwensel Using

    Personal Retrospectives To Improve Productivity #TDswe
  2. @aprilwensel

  3. N G C O D I N G COMPASSIONATE @aprilwensel

  4. @aprilwensel Emotional Intelligence

  5. Self-Awareness: Know yourself @aprilwensel Self-Management: Grow yourself

  6. @aprilwensel 1.  Motivation 2.  Preparation 3.  Implementation The Plan

  7. @aprilwensel 1.  Motivation 2.  Preparation 3.  Implementation The Plan

  8. ”The human individual lives usually far within his limits; he

    possesses powers of various sorts which he habitually fails to use. He energizes below his maximum and he behaves below his optimum.” –William James @aprilwensel
  9. ”We are so busy being busy that we don’t take

    the time to reflect on and ask the questions that can reshape our lives.” –Larry & Hersch Wilson, Play to Win @aprilwensel
  10. @aprilwensel

  11. @aprilwensel 1.  Constantly putting out fires 2.  Not growing skills

    3.  Feeling stressed 4.  Staying in an unfulfilling job 5.  Not spending enough time on hobbies or with family http://www.government.se/contentassets/95678f8dfcea4ece916e5b7950f2260f/ a-work-environment-strategy-for-modern-working-life-20162020 50-60% work absences in the EU due to work stress
  12. @aprilwensel

  13. Can we do better? @aprilwensel

  14. @aprilwensel “The best way to combat burnout and stress...is to

    continuously seek improvement in some area of your life.” –Steve McClatchy, Decide
  15. Agile Retrospective @aprilwensel

  16. @aprilwensel agilemanifesto.org

  17. ”At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become

    more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.” @aprilwensel http://agilemanifesto.org/principles.html
  18. ”At regular intervals, I reflect on how to become more

    effective, then tune and adjust my behavior accordingly.” @aprilwensel
  19. @aprilwensel

  20. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are

    you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” –Jim Rohn @aprilwensel
  21. @aprilwensel Professional + Personal

  22. @aprilwensel

  23. @aprilwensel

  24. @aprilwensel

  25. @aprilwensel 1.  Motivation 2.  Preparation 3.  Implementation The Plan

  26. @aprilwensel •  individuals and interactions •  working software •  customer

    collaboration •  responding to change Agile Values
  27. @aprilwensel What do you value?

  28. ”[Y]our productivity is really about how well you are able

    to make an impact on what matters most to you.” –Scott Belsky @aprilwensel
  29. “Good plans–whether for individuals or organizations– begin from the inside

    out: what are your values?” –Larry & Hersch Wilson, Play to Win @aprilwensel
  30. "Connecting to a deep set of values…fuels a uniquely high-

    octane source of energy for change. It also serves as a compass for navigating the storms that inevitably arise in our lives.” –Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz @aprilwensel
  31. @aprilwensel

  32. @aprilwensel Who do you admire? What are his or her

    admirable traits?
  33. @aprilwensel What moments in your life are you most proud

    of? What values did you display in those moments?
  34. @aprilwensel What would you do if you had a year

    left to live? A day?
  35. @aprilwensel

  36. @aprilwensel Schedule

  37. @aprilwensel

  38. @aprilwensel Mark your calendar!

  39. @aprilwensel

  40. @aprilwensel 1.  Motivation 2.  Preparation 3.  Implementation The Plan

  41. @aprilwensel Implementation 1.  Gather data 2.  Group & prioritize issues

    3.  Generate action items
  42. @aprilwensel Implementation 1.  Gather data 2.  Group & prioritize issues

    3.  Generate action items
  43. @aprilwensel What went well? What could have gone better?

  44. @aprilwensel

  45. @aprilwensel

  46. @aprilwensel

  47. @aprilwensel

  48. @aprilwensel

  49. @aprilwensel

  50. @aprilwensel

  51. @aprilwensel Gratitude

  52. @aprilwensel Resilience

  53. @aprilwensel

  54. @aprilwensel “Regardless of what we discover, we must understand and

    truly believe that everyone did the best job he or she could, given what was known at the time, his or her skills and abilities, the resources available, and the situation at hand.” –The Prime Directive
  55. @aprilwensel Self-Compassion https://medium.com/operation-code/how-to-beat-coding- frustration-with-self-compassion-28297333524a

  56. @aprilwensel “Emotion-free mistake making” –Angela Duckworth, Grit

  57. @aprilwensel Growth Mindset

  58. @aprilwensel “A growth mindset will strengthen you when you face

    obstacles and enhance your excitement when you…achieve your goals…” –Shawn Murphy, The Optimistic Workplace
  59. @aprilwensel “More than anything else, what differentiates people who live

    up to their potential from those who don’t is a willingness to look at themselves and others objectively.” –Ray Dalio
  60. @aprilwensel ”Pain + Reflection = Progress” –Ray Dalio

  61. @aprilwensel How many?

  62. @aprilwensel Implementation 1.  Gather data 2.  Group & prioritize issues

    3.  Generate action items
  63. @aprilwensel

  64. @aprilwensel

  65. @aprilwensel Implementation 1.  Gather data 2.  Group & prioritize issues

    3.  Generate action items
  66. @aprilwensel Debug your life

  67. @aprilwensel

  68. @aprilwensel

  69. @aprilwensel

  70. @aprilwensel

  71. @aprilwensel Specific

  72. @aprilwensel “I’m going to get more sleep this week.” “I’m

    going to be in bed reading a book by 22:00.”
  73. @aprilwensel Achievable

  74. @aprilwensel “I’m going to become a Python expert this week.”

    “I’m going to complete the first week’s lesson in Coursera’s Intro to Python course.”
  75. @aprilwensel (Not)

  76. @aprilwensel Repeat!

  77. @aprilwensel Variations

  78. @aprilwensel while(!dead) { Exist(); }

  79. @aprilwensel while(!dead) { GatherData(); GroupAndPrioritizeIssues(); GenerateActionItems(); GetBetter(); }

  80. @aprilwensel

  81. @aprilwensel “It’s easy to sleepwalk through life, to operate at

    the level of ‘good enough’….But if we want to truly excel in our careers, we must awaken to our own profound capacity for growth.” –99U’s Maximize Your Potential
  82. @aprilwensel References

  83. @aprilwensel april@compassionatecoding.com