It is time for a personal retrospective, as the year 2012 comes to an end. I took some time on the train to plan my retrospective.
So I’m sharing what I plan to do at the 2nd or 10th of January:
Intro Music: Listen to my retrospective song, to start the retrospective ritual.
Read Retrospective Letter: I write a letter to myself at the end of every longer retrospective. This time I’ll read the letters from 2011, Q1 2012 and the letter from the TWU retrospective.
Social Interaction Analysis
Queries: I’ll search in Facebook, Xing, LinkedIn, Twitter, E-Mail, Call-Log for some interesting patterns. I will prepare some statistics before the retrospective. In this step I’ll analyse those data.
Social MindMap: Integrate the insights gained from the queries into the a MindMap which should includes also the feedback I received directly from my peers.
Enter Facts: Put the facts into a timeline to see the development over time. Data sources will be: Calendar, Heartbeat Retrospectives, other Retrospectives, Notes and my brain.
Color the timeline: green for positive feelings, red for negative feelings and blue for surprises. Which each color, try to find out, why this made me feel this way.
5 Why’s: Select the three most important topics and ask why five times to find out the rood cause.
Decide what to do
Define goals: Define a limited set of main goals for next year.
Define measures: Find way to archieve these goals. Select the ones which I want to pursue. Reject some as well.
Select SMART-Objectives: For every measure find at least one SMART-Objectives so I can commit to it. The commitment itself happens in a heartbeat retrospective.
Effectiveness: Think about, why heartbeat retrospective lost their effectiveness this year.
Time: Think about, why heartbeat retrospectives were not so regular this year?
Goal: Find means to make heartbeat retrospectives to support the goals I defined before.
Plan: Create a new plan and form for the heartbeat retrospective.
Write Retrospective Letter: Write a letter to yourself to be read before the next retrospective.
Outro Music: Listen to the outro music to close the retrospective.
That’s the plan for now. What do you think? Do you have any questions?
I plan to do an article on every item of this plan in the first 6 month of the next year. So if you are interested, stay tuned.