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Personal Retrospectives (JAX London 2014 & W-JAX 2014)

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Probably everyone has heard of retrospectives. How you to use them to take a look at past events and learn how to improve in the future with your team.

But have you ever tried to run a retrospective on your own?
I practice “personal retrospective” for some time and would like to tell a bit about my approach, my mistakes and share my experiences.

What makes a personal retrospective different from team retrospectives? How can you adapt them to yourself for learning and improving your effectiveness? Which simple ideas can help you get started with “personal retrospectives”?

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Personal Retrospectives (JAX London 2014 & W-JAX 2014)

  1. 1. PERSONAL RETROSPECTIVES W - J A X 2 0 1 4
  2. 2. @JTHOENES #WJAX Johannes Thönes - Developer & Devil’s Advocate jthoenes@thoughtworks.com
  3. 3. WHAT IS A PERSONAL RETROSPECTIVE?
  4. 4. LEARNING
  5. 5. REFLECTION
  6. 6. EXERCISES
  7. 7. WHAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH Make a list of everything important to you last month. You can look at your calendar, the pictures on your phone or anything else. ! You have 3 minutes.
  8. 8. GATHER DATA
  9. 9. TIMELINE
  10. 10. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool. Richard P. Feynman
  11. 11. FEEDBACK
  12. 12. FEEDBACK MIND MAP
  13. 13. WHAT YOU LIKED AND WHAT YOU HATED Make two lists - one left, one right. ! On the left side write the positive: things you liked, love or admire ! On the right side write the negative: things that made you feel bad You have 2 minutes
  14. 14. RIGHT QUESTION
  15. 15. FIVE WHYS
  16. 16. GOALS & ACTIONS
  17. 17. WHAT CAN YOU DO? Think of things you can do, to have more of the things on the left (positive) and less of the things on the right (negative). Find as many things you could do as possible. ! You have 2 minutes
  18. 18. CHOOSE
  19. 19. Measurable Specific Achievable Relevant Time-boxed
  20. 20. I want to learn Haskell.
  21. 21. Measurable Time-boxed In three month, I want to be able to write a Twitter clone using idiomatic Haskell. For this I will use Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings. Specific Achievable Relevant
  22. 22. 48 HOURS
  23. 23. CHOSE A SMART GOAL From your list pick the most important thing to do. Restructure it to a SMART goal: • Specific: Are you clear which steps you want to take? • Measurable: How do you measure, when you have achieved it? • Achievable: Do you have enough resources and time to do it? • Relevant: Will it help you improve the thing you want to? • Time-boxed: When do you want to be done? Make sure, you can start with the goal within the next 48 hours. Also, add the steps to your ToDo list, if you use one. ! ! You have 2 minutes
  24. 24. RITUAL
  25. 25. MUSIC
  26. 26. LETTER TO MYSELF
  27. 27. WRITE A LETTER TO YOURSELF Write a letter to yourself summarising your insights and your wishes for the next three month based on what you learned here. ! Ask the person next to you, to send you the letter in three month. ! You have 3 minutes
  28. 28. ADAPT YOUR TOOLS
  29. 29. WHAT IS YOUR WAY?
  30. 30. On personal retrospectives google for: ! Ilias Bartolini Linda Rising Pat Kua Dan Abel Johannes Thönes ! or read: ! Norman Kerth
  31. 31. PERSONAL RETROSPECTIVES Johannes Thönes jthoenes@thoughtworks.com @jthoenes ! W-JAX 2014
  32. 32. HEARTBEAT
  33. 33. DIARY
  34. 34. PLAN

Probably everyone has heard of retrospectives. How you to use them to take a look at past events and learn how to improve in the future with your team. But have you ever tried to run a retrospective on your own? I practice “personal retrospective” for some time and would like to tell a bit about my approach, my mistakes and share my experiences. What makes a personal retrospective different from team retrospectives? How can you adapt them to yourself for learning and improving your effectiveness? Which simple ideas can help you get started with “personal retrospectives”?

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