Well, it is that time of year where we all make promises to ourselves that we have every intention of completing. You know what I am talking about. We call them New Years Resolutions. By the middle of February, they are history. Not to be heard of till January 1, 2013. Why do we always fail at keeping our New Years Resolutions.
Let’s explore my favorite New Years Resolution. In 2012, one of my personal New Year’s Resolutions is to run in the Indianapolis 500 Mini-Marathon. I made the same resolution last year, and even signed up to run. Can you guess what happened? Yep, I didn’t run. Most weeks, I walk three to four times at an hour per session. I didn’t make myself step up and start running. I had a long term project, I was not accountable until I had to actually run the race, and I wasn’t time boxed in small increments. Sound familiar?
Should we apply Scrum against our New Years Resolutions? I think it might work for my preparations for running a mini-marathon. There is a line of thinking about using a version of Scrum for individuals (Personal Scrum). Essentially, that is what my training plan will be. Each week, I will have a certain amount of mileage to complete. Granted, I can still wimp out.
Maybe we should expand Scrum principles to our personal lives. If you are a procrastonator like I am it might be worth a shot. After all, you don’t want to be a lunatic, do you?
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