Continuous Learning

2019 & Beyond – Sharpening the Saw

2019 & Beyond – Sharpening the Saw

Every year I try to spend time on my own training. I usually start thinking about two things the year before:

  1. What are some knowledge gaps that I have that I’d like to fill, and

  2. What are upcoming trends that will cause me to become obsolete if I don’t get ahead of them?

Then I review the available courses, events, and actions and I’ll try to come up with 2-3 things that I’ll focus on for personal improvement.

I’ve posted a couple of "Sharpening the Saw" posts in previous years. Usually in March, but this one is a bit late.  I hope this becomes an annual post to remind me (and perhaps you) to plot a journey of continuous learning. And making it public also helps motivate me to actually DO what I say I want to do…

This year, I’ve planned on the following:

  • Agile Coach Camp in Raleigh

  • Evolving Scrum Alliance CAL-I content

  • Co-presenting, more & more...

  • Starting down the ORSC coaching path 

Coach Camp

Journaling – How to get started?

Journaling – How to get started?

If you’ve attended any of my leadership talks or workshops, you’ve heard me espouse the value of journaling as a leadership skills growth exercise.  

In my Certified Agile Leadership classes, I even give out a copy of my (current) favorite journal by Dingbats. It’s really an outstanding daily journal AND I encourage you to read the backstory about the company as well.

Since I talk about journaling so much, I’ve inspired a recent CAL class attendee to try it. But recently he sent me the following –

I've never been very good at journaling consistently and reading generic blog posts haven't really motivated me. I was wondering if you'd be willing to share the types of things that you journal and the benefits that you find from the practice? 

Which I journaled about and then it inspired me to write this post ;-)