It’s a new year of new challenges, so now is the perfect time to set your professional and personal goals for the next 12 months.
2018 promises to be an eventful year as we continue to react to the impacts of Brexit and the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). So here is SA Law’s top tip: take an Agile approach to your year.
For those not familiar with the term, Agile is an adaptive project management strategy that is particularly favoured by the software industry. Projects are divided into short ‘sprints’ of activity, each beginning with a careful look at what has been created versus what is needed.
This is perfect for 2018 because it helps you move towards goals while adapting rapidly to change. You can see it as an evolutionary approach to the year, with regular moments to take stock and move in the direction of the most successful outcome.
Here is a simple way to put it into practice:
- First, think about your goals knowing what you know today. You want to make the best decision possible with the information available to you right now. Don’t worry if it doesn’t feel 100% correct at this stage.
- Next, divide your year into sprints. Plan the first one in detail, and make an initial consideration of what the remaining sprints could look like.
- Plan each new sprint based on the outcome of the previous one, taking into account recent developments, and further understanding of your needs.
As always, SA Law is here to help you get a clearer picture of the future. Our goal is to minimise your risk and maximise your opportunity, so feel free to contact us if it helps you plan your Agile 2018.