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#30: How to Get the Best Out of the New Year with Lance Dacy

January 11, 2023     29 minutes

Join Lance Dacy and Brian Milner as they discuss how to get the best out of the new year.


Something about that turn of the calendar from December to January makes us want to dig into planning, goal setting, and change.

In this episode of the Agile Mentors podcast, Brian Milner and Lance Dacy discuss how to get the best out of the new year. They’ll walk through why personal retrospectives are the key to determining where to look for change. From 30-day challenges to building relationships with others in the Agile community, to fostering a fertile learning culture, listen in for insight into what might work for you to accomplish the change you seek to make this year your best.

Listen now to discover:

[01:15] - Welcome to our first podcast of 2023. [01:55] - How opening up our calendars to a new year sets us up for planning new things.
[03:17] - Lance walks us through the two types of leaders, the visionary and the executor.
[04:13] - Brian shares the benefit of personal retrospectives.
[07:15] - How 30-day challenges catapult us to success by breaking things down into smaller chunks.
[10:56] - Lance shares why New Year’s resolutions set us up for failure.
[12:35] - How to plan goals using backlogs and the cyclical nature of organizations.
[13:09] - How to use cross-training to challenge team members to broaden their horizons in the new year.
[13:09] - Why you need to think about your intentions when trying to influence up.
[14:03] - Why do 30-day challenges work well to engage in a new task, project, or skill with an experimental mindset.
[15:29] - Lance shares why it’s critical for Scrum Masters to help leadership and management formulate career plans to help grow the people in the organization.
[16:33] - If you’re doing the same thing you did last year, you’re not Agile.
[17:16] - How plugging into a community can help you maintain your focus for growth.
[19:48] - Why being a Scrum Master and a lone wolf don’t mix.
[22:36] - How networking can help you take your career to the next level.
[24:10] - Why it pays to keep an open mind (even to that which you don’t agree with), so you don’t miss out on vital information that can change your trajectory.
[26:07] - Growing as a Scrum Master and as a person.

References and resources mentioned in the show

Agile Mentors Community
#13: What Does Cross-Functional Really Mean? with Lance Dacy
Mountain Goat Software
Scrum Alliance
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This episode's presenters are:

Brian Milner is SVP of coaching and training at Mountain Goat Software. He's passionate about making a difference in people's day-to-day work, influenced by his own experience of transitioning to Scrum and seeing improvements in work/life balance, honesty, respect, and the quality of work.

Lance Dacy is a Certified Scrum Trainer®, Certified Scrum Professional®, Certified ScrumMaster®, and Certified Scrum Product Owner®. Lance brings a great personality and servant heart to his workshops. He loves seeing people walk away with tangible and practical things they can do with their teams straight away.