Being a company based in software development, one of the iniatives we implemented to aid in the communication process is the daily Scrum meeting. Without getting too technical or detailed, the scrum is a quick, time-restrained update to help reduce the time to complete the feedback loop during a software sprint. Honestly, I’m still not 100% sure where the term “Scrum” comes from, but regardless of the terminology I am a fan of the methodology. Some of the rules of the Scrum include that it must start on time, and each speaking member only has a limited amount of time, and then the meeting must also end on time. It’s supposed to help boost productivity and to help communication during the development process. The point of the meeting is to provide a brief update so that team members can know where other team members are in relation to their projects. There are three simple questions that must be answered when participating in a Scrum:
- What did I complete yesterday?
- What am I planning to do today?
- What are my impediments or roadblocks?
I think when it comes to my writing doing a daily Scrum with myself could potentially help me to achieve my goals. Answering the three simple Scrum questions makes me take an honest look at how and where I’m spending my time. Am I spending it doing the work that I want and need to be doing to achieve my goals, or am I getting distracted with other things?
This past weekend marked the halfway point for my own self-publishing journey. If you remember, I set a concrete goal for myself, and I just wanted to provide an update to inform the readers of my progress. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve fallen behind on my goal. I’m not nearly as far along as I would like to be, and I feel at this point I have two options. I can keep my goal the same, and I can push myself harder than what I was pushing before, or I can readjust my goal and change my deadlines. For right now I think I’m going to keep my goal the same. I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge. Now instead of writing 2500 words a day during the week days and splitting some balance on the weekend, I’ll have to write 3625 words a day to reach my goal of 75,000 words for the remaining 13 days in September. I’ll try to make it through this week, and then I’ll provide an update on the final stretch as well as how I’m going to modify my tactics.
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