A Year End, A Beginning of a Fresh Start
It’s the eve of the eve of the new year. While everyone else is figuring out the best spots to celebrate the coming year, here at Code Army we’re definitely doing the same (obviously!). But in addition to that, we’re also preparing ourselves for a more productive and fulfilling year in 2017. So we’ve decided to share with you what we’ve been doing in our retrospective session.
Many of you would know this as scrum retrospective where a meeting is facilitated by a Scrum Master and the team discusses the just concluded sprint and determines how to improve the next sprint. The sprint review looks at what the team is building, whereas the retrospective looks at how they are building it.
Similarly, in our retrospective session we have 3 actionable items we go through and discuss so that we can accomplish greater things in 2017.
This is a no brainer. A lot has happened in the past 12 months and it is time for us to review all our struggles and triumphs, our big moments and small ones, and the changes in our lives. For startups and entrepreneurs, this is the time to ask difficult questions and recalibrate to better prepare for the coming 12 months. It is as much a personal development session as it is for business development. Some of the questions we can ask ourselves:
Describe 2016 in 3 words
What new things have I discovered about myself?
What is my most significant event in 2016?
What did I do most to contribute to my success/failure?
What is my biggest lesson/moment in 2016?
No one can escape from making mistakes. It comes with the territory of being human, of course. Most of us try very hard to be the best at what we do, and continuously contribute to society in a positive way. But sometimes, we end up making mistakes that impact us or/and the people surrounding us. What distinguishes you from the next person is how you look at and learn from your mistakes. This is even more important for businesses as you would likely encounter similar set of problems in the future and you wouldn’t want to repeat the same mistakes again.
List down problems that you’ve experienced throughout the year and how you responded to them. Consider actionable items you can take in the future to resolve the problems more efficiently.
Also, be sure to narrow down areas you can improve on, be it personal development or even business processes. We should always aim to become a better version of ourselves and taking lessons from our past selves is key in improving ourselves as a whole.
And finally, it’s time to renew our goals for 2017. Goals should be realistic enough that you know you can achieve them – whether daily, weekly or monthly – but also challenging enough that you know you won’t breeze right through them and feel that you’ve accomplished a lot, when in truth, you haven’t. It’s definitely not easy but we think that focusing on SMART goals would get you in the right direction. For all you laymen out there, SMART is an acronym for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely. It’s an effective tool that will provide you with clarity, focus and motivation you need to achieve your goals.
Some things to think about when you’re setting your goals:
You should be clear on the direction you’re headed. As an entrepreneur, you’re more than likely to pursue a number of things but all of it should point to one direction: which is your primary objective for the year.
Sometimes working backwards helps with setting goals too. Break down your long term goals into smaller, short term goals and watch the magic happen as you achieve your goals one by one throughout the year.
Be flexible in setting your goals. Sometimes things happen out of our control, so be prepared for those hiccups to occur at one point of another. Make space in your life for growth as well as self-care.
We hope that this simple guide is useful to you in preparation for 2017. From the Code Army family, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors and a happy new year in advance! See you back in 2017.
Chief Editor, Ainul Shakirah Shafie I Dec 28 2016