Friday, January 4, 2013

2012 on the rear-view mirror

I've been reviewing last year, to learn things for the future and improve it in all the ways I can and I have a few lessons learned.

You can always change 
This year I switched from Linux to Mac as my personal OS. I'm not particularly happy, but it's been an experience, and it's good to challenge yourself from time to time. 
I changed my job, left my friends at Omatech (cooool company!) and joined Thomson-Reuters
I started taking English lessons and I joined a Postgraduate in Agile Methods. Back to school!
I learned Scala programming language.
I've learnt about the Core Protocols.
I've learnt about the power of LEGO.
I've started blogging and tweeting mainly in English.
I've ceased blogging about all the books I read.

The more I invest in Agile, the happier I am
This year I've joined a lot of activities from the Agile-Barcelona Community (my second family now). They run at least one event every week! But I also joined a Gamestorming meetup and events on NoSQL, Scala and whatever.
I organized a couple of events with Agile Barcelona and co-facilitated the Global Day of Code Retreat.
I've volunteered two translating projects, but I couldn't keep up.
I've read 13 books, only one was fiction, and only two were non-English.

The broader my horizon is, the better
I've got in touch with people outside my company, and it has allowed me to know a lot about how other companies (and minds) work apart of mine. 
I've met awesome people from Agile-Spain who have a lot to share and who have a lot in common to me.
I've met people from Agile-Lean Europe Earth, from France, Belgium, Romania, Finland, Italy, Portugal, South-Africa, Netherlands, Germany, Canada, ...
Every week I have a conversation with some of these guys (the xALEc), and it's a great experience.

All the time I invest in Agile, or personal development, is taken from somewhere else
This is a negative. During my Chrismas break I've come aware of the time I'm not devoting to my kids and wife. It's not an issue yet, but I'll have to find the balance.

Your body has to be able to follow your mind
Another negative. I have a physical problem that comes back from time to time (my slipped disc), and I know I have to do a lot of exercise to avoid complications. Everybody should do exercise, but I must do it in order to have an ordinary life. Sometimes a forget priorities.

Personal feedback is hard to receive
This year, for the first time, the team had a session of retrospective where all of us provided personal feedback to everyone. I heard things about me that surprised me, but I'll have to address them:

Sometimes I'm dogmatic and closed to other's ideas. I have to be more patient. I have to be aware of the tone and language I use (sometimes too strong). I have a lack of Vital Agility.

That abridged feedback I received is going to be my focus on the following weeks.

I don't have any other "new year resolution". Just, change the world.

I'm very grateful to my wife, for supporting me. And to all the people who wants to share their knowledge and experience. Thank you all.

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