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PERSONAL RETROSPECTIVES 
# J A X L o n d o n 2 0 1 4
Johannes Thönes - Developer & Devil’s Advocate 
jthoenes@thoughtworks.com - @jthoenes
WHAT IS A 
PERSONAL 
RETROSPECTIVE?
LEARNING
REFLECTION
EXERCISES
WHAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH 
Make a list of 
everything important 
to you last month. 
You can look at your 
calendar, the 
p...
GATHER DATA
TIMELINE
The first principle is that you must 
not fool yourself and you are the 
easiest person to fool. 
Richard P. Feynman
FEEDBACK
FEEDBACK MIND MAP
ANY DATA
WHAT YOU LIKED AND WHAT YOU HATED 
Make two lists - one left, one right. 
! 
On the left side write the positive: things y...
RIGHT QUESTION
FIVE WHYS
FUTURESPECTIVE
GOALS & ACTIONS
WHAT CAN YOU DO? 
Think of things you can 
do, to have more of the 
things on the left 
(positive) and less of the 
things...
CHOOSE
Measurable 
Specific 
Achievable 
Relevant 
Time-boxed
I want to learn Haskell.
Measurable 
Time-boxed 
In three month, I want to be able to 
write a Twitter clone using idiomatic 
Haskell. For this I w...
48 HOURS
CHOSE A SMART GOAL 
From your list pick the most important thing to do. Restructure it to a 
SMART goal: 
• Specific: Are ...
RITUAL
MUSIC
LETTER TO MYSELF
WRITE A LETTER TO YOURSELF 
Write a letter to yourself summarising your 
insights and your wishes for the next three 
mont...
ADAPT YOUR TOOLS
HEARTBEAT
DIARY
PLAN
Personal Retrospectives are 
a useful tool for personal 
growth, to learn from our 
mistakes and plan for the 
future. 
Wh...
PERSONAL RETROSPECTIVES 
Johannes Thönes 
jthoenes@thoughtworks.com 
@jthoenes 
! 
JAX LONDON 2014
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  1. 1. PERSONAL RETROSPECTIVES # J A X L o n d o n 2 0 1 4
  2. 2. Johannes Thönes - Developer & Devil’s Advocate jthoenes@thoughtworks.com - @jthoenes
  3. 3. WHAT IS A PERSONAL RETROSPECTIVE?
  4. 4. LEARNING
  5. 5. REFLECTION
  6. 6. EXERCISES
  7. 7. WHAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH Make a list of everything important to you last month. You can look at your calendar, the pictures on your phone or anything else. ! You have 5 minutes.
  8. 8. GATHER DATA
  9. 9. TIMELINE
  10. 10. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool. Richard P. Feynman
  11. 11. FEEDBACK
  12. 12. FEEDBACK MIND MAP
  13. 13. ANY DATA
  14. 14. WHAT YOU LIKED AND WHAT YOU HATED Make two lists - one left, one right. ! On the left side write the positive: things you liked, love or admire ! On the right side write the negative: things that made you feel bad You have 3 minutes
  15. 15. RIGHT QUESTION
  16. 16. FIVE WHYS
  17. 17. FUTURESPECTIVE
  18. 18. GOALS & ACTIONS
  19. 19. WHAT CAN YOU DO? Think of things you can do, to have more of the things on the left (positive) and less of the things on the right (negative). Find as many things you could do as possible. ! You have 3 minutes
  20. 20. CHOOSE
  21. 21. Measurable Specific Achievable Relevant Time-boxed
  22. 22. I want to learn Haskell.
  23. 23. Measurable Time-boxed In three month, I want to be able to write a Twitter clone using idiomatic Haskell. For this I will use Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings. Specific Achievable Relevant
  24. 24. 48 HOURS
  25. 25. CHOSE A SMART GOAL From your list pick the most important thing to do. Restructure it to a SMART goal: • Specific: Are you clear which steps you want to take? • Measurable: How do you measure, when you have achieved it? • Achievable: Do you have enough resources and time to do it? • Relevant: Will it help you improve the thing you want to? • Time-boxed: When do you want to be done? Make sure, you can start with the goal within the next 48 hours. Also, add the steps to your ToDo list, if you use one. ! ! You have 5 minutes
  26. 26. RITUAL
  27. 27. MUSIC
  28. 28. LETTER TO MYSELF
  29. 29. WRITE A LETTER TO YOURSELF Write a letter to yourself summarising your insights and your wishes for the next three month based on what you learned here. ! Ask the person next to you, to send you the letter in three month. ! You have 3 minutes
  30. 30. ADAPT YOUR TOOLS
  31. 31. HEARTBEAT
  32. 32. DIARY
  33. 33. PLAN
  34. 34. Personal Retrospectives are a useful tool for personal growth, to learn from our mistakes and plan for the future. What is your way?
  35. 35. PERSONAL RETROSPECTIVES Johannes Thönes jthoenes@thoughtworks.com @jthoenes ! JAX LONDON 2014

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