Ahh, New Year’s Day—life’s sprint planning. We reflect on the year behind and set goals for the year ahead. I’ve not been much of a resolution person in the past. Sure, I’ve made a resolution here and there, but I’ve never written it down or tracked my progress.
I’m going to do it different this year, though. I’ve got the perfect mechanism for documenting and following-up on my resolutions: my trusty blog. I’ll jot down my goals here and follow-up on them next year. Sounds like a recipe for success, eh?
So, without further ado, here’s what I’m resolving to accomplish in 2013.
Personal Goal: Be Healthier
I consider myself to be in “okay” shape. Like most people, I’ve got a few extra pounds to shed, and my eating habits are probably a bit sub-standard. (I can’t help it—I love Whoppers. The Burger King kind.) My goal for this year is to exercise more, make better food choices, and end the year 15 pounds lighter than I am currently.
- Run 3 miles each week
- Manage restaurant portions
Professional Goal: Reform Agile Practices at Work
For years, I’ve felt like we haven’t been doing agile “the right way.” I could point out things here and there that didn’t agree with my vision for how things should work, but I also didn’t have a plan or vision for how to fix it. In the past month or so, I’ve done a lot of agile soul-searching, and I’m committed to making changes that I think need to be made to get us firing on all cylinders. I’m going to create a lean, mean, agile-software-developin’ machine!
- Improve the team’s velocity each quarter
- Maintain a prioritized backlog for the team