Here’s a set of questions I’d like to ask every Scrum adapter out there (myself included). Think of how you live your life:
- Do you create a backlog?
- Do you refine it?
- Do you prioritize it?
- Do you plan what you’ll do and how you’ll do it?
- Do you check on a daily basis how things are going?
- Do you review your results?
- Do you look at it retrospectively to see how you can do better?
Answering no to any of the questions above should prompt us to reflect on how can we recommend Agile/Scrum to others, then?
We need to figure out what’s important to our own life, figure out what is valuable to us, where we want to get to, and then set up a backlog. Then we should refine it, by adding more information to it, making it clear to ourselves why those things are of value to us. Armed with information, we can then prioritize it.
With a prioritized backlog in place, we can plan on what we’ll do and how we’ll do it.
Now that we’re doing it, we should check on a daily basis how things are going.
At the end of the day, week, month, year, we should review our results.
Finally, we should look at our results in retrospective and make corrections as needed.
If that’s what we decided to do for work, it should also be what we decide to do for life.
If you need some ideas on how to do that, here you go:
* Organizing my daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly plans
* Planning and reviewing my day
* My annual reviews
* Bonus: there are several more related posts under the Lifestyle category of my blog