For some reason, I've had a hard time keeping up with my scrumlife this week. Somehow it's just been hard to get invested in sticking to the plans I've made in the morning and after the day I didn't really remember what I accomplished or if I did anything at all.
Still, when I look at my daily scrum template, I have planned every day exactly as I was supposed to. I have a bunch of tasks that I wanted to get done and I've had a pretty ok hit rate with them too. I've managed to finish most things each day.
Still, I was feeling like being lost at sea a bit.
Today (Thursday) it dawned on me that somehow I skipped sprint planning completely. I have no sprint goal. I just don't know what I'm supposed to be get done this week. Consequently, it feels like I haven't got anything done.
Sure I've sent a bunch of emails, but I haven't really managed to work seriously on any of the larger or more challenging tasks. I have a bunch of larger projects I could have moved forward... but just didn't.
There are weeks that are more low energy than others. That's fine.
But maybe those weeks are exactly when a solid and inspiring sprint goal would help the most. What little energy or time you have, could be spent on things that make you feel like you've made an impact.
Now that I made this realisation this week hasn't been wasted at all. It wasn't really wasted before this either, but from the perspective of using Scrum it would have been a pretty hard miss. Weekends are still the most dangerous times for me. They break all my routines and good habits. That's something that I haven't been able to change in decades. Hard changes are the most important ones though. Maybe this is the week that I'll actually manage to do a good sprint review and think about this a bit more. Pretty meaty subject for the retro.
Next week will have such a great sprint goal. It will feel so different. You'll see!