I found that reflection is very important for both our daily life and work. I have been writing a diary everyday from the last Match and things really are changing. I tried two times to write a monthly reflection for my work and I sent them to my leader(only the part related to my responsibilities in the company), but I thought I wrote it unsystematically(without any template or theory foundation). I wonder if anyone can teach me how to write a work review of the past month. Or any book recommendations? Thanks in advance.

  • I don't think reflection is what you think it is. Maybe you should describe what reflection is to you. It sounds religious or out of one of those self-help systems like Landmark Forum or Tony Robbins. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Sep 2 at 0:05

Note: The intended audience / assumed reader is the one unfamiliar with agile frameworks.

One template you can follow is the Retrospective Session at the end of a Sprint. For those unfamiliar with the agile framework, a Sprint is a period of 2-4 weeks in which a specified piece of work is completed, by a team of 3-10 people, and no scope change is allowed.

One of the closing activities of a sprint is a Retrospective session where each team member goes over what, in their candid opinion, went well in this sprint, and what went bad.

This works pretty well when each team member has a ballpark idea of the overall status of the sprint. For this reason, another key feature of agile frameworks is the Daily Standup meeting. This is a 15-30 minute daily meeting where each team member briefly goes over what they did yesterday, what they hope to do today, and whether they face any blockers.

I mention all this because I think you'd flourish in that kind of environment, making your journal a lot more accurate.

I'm not trying to get you to swing your boss over to an agile process; it's not a battle you have to fight. But you should research those terms, their reasoning and benefits, and use what you find when you propose your Reflection idea to your boss.

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