Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
Your Outcome: Identify 3 things going well and 3 things to improve based on you results for this week.
Welcome to Day 6 of 7 Days of Agile Results. Agile Results is the productivity system introduced in my best-selling time management book, Getting Results the Agile Way.
Let’s recap what we’ve done so far:
Use Friday Reflection as a way to invest in yourself, reinvent yourself, and renew yourself. If you do this well, this is the secret of continuous improvement. Each week, what you learn from Friday Reflection can help you tune and improve your results so you get better and better.
One of the most common patterns is to simply lose sight of what we set out to achieve for his week. That's why thinking of 3 Wins for the Week is so powerful. It gives us a target. We check ourselves during the week, and adjust our course. Then Friday is where we really peer into our personal process and find ways to improve it.
To do Friday reflection, simply give yourself 10 or 20 minutes on Friday mornings to ask yourself two things:
The goal is to carry the good forward and build better habits.
Before you answer the questions above, really reflect on your week. Did you do what you set out to do? If not, did you trade up for the right things? Did you get randomized? Did you bite off more than you can chew?
See what starts to happen? You start to notice your own patterns. This awareness becomes your advantage, when you use it to change what's not working, and do more of what is working It's a way to improve your personal habits and streamline your results.
This is a powerful way to learn your own capacity and to gradually improve your “ability to execute.”
Here are a few common patterns and what to do about them:
Most important, relax and truly embrace Friday Reflection as one of the best ways that you can improve your personal performance, in a simple and almost automatic way. Just by asking these simple questions, you start to gain awareness and you start to gain more clarity on what works best for you, and what your true execution abilities are.
What’s even better is that you’ll naturally start to improve here simply by paying attention to these key questions. They’ll help you see what you did not see before. And, if you make this Friday Reflection a simple way to check in with yourself each week, you’ll find yourself paying more attention throughout the week. And, you’ll start to make little adjustments here and there that start to help you focus and prioritize on higher value outcomes and activities.
You will gradually find that you are achieving better and better results, with less effort and more clarity.
You will unleash the productive artist that’s already within you, as well as tap your most inspiring abilities, skills, and strengths.
This is how you will fan your flames and set your productivity on fire … the quiet way … the Agile way.
Welcome to your private victories that last a life time.