Sustainable Pace

I’m learning by example – bad example – my own!


I have been running myself ragged over the last few months. I rarely get more than seven hours sleep, and it is usually more like five or six hours. I’m keeping busy with writing, coaching, training, new product development, business development and other work. I’m trying to maintain a decent semblance of a family life. And I have administrative duties with my religous community.

All of this going on is not sustainable.

Luckily, it is now a couple hours into January 1st, 2007 and I have the opportunity to partake of the traditional New Year’s Resolution.

So here goes:

I resolve to timebox my personal effort on work related activities to no more than 50 hours/week starting July 1st. I will do this by using Agile Work methods to organize my work, by removing obstacles, by automating repetitive tasks, by finding team mates, and by focusing my efforts on a clear business vision and objective.

You would think that I’d already be doing all this… and in some ways I am. But these efforts need to be consistent, systematic and wholehearted, rather than something I do as the exception. My current state of affairs is more chaos and crisis than I would like. And considering my admonitions to my clients to be truthful, I better be truthful myself about my own current state.

Just as a point of reference, I expect that I spend close to eighty hours per week on work currently.

I’ll keep everyone up-to-date on how it’s going. After a good sleep tonight, I’ll do an iteration planning meeting. I might not bare all, but I’ll certainly provide some concrete examples of the sorts of things that I am doing and trying.


By the way… I feel compelled to point out that I actually celebrate “new year” in March according to the calendar of the Baha’i Faith, of which I am a member. However, living in the West, I still feel the power of some of the cultural traditions, and in particular the changing of the year is one that for some reason resonates with me. I think it’s the beauty of highly significant digits in the date changing. Anyway… good night and I hope everyone has a wonderful, challenging, joyous 2007!

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About Mishkin Berteig

Mishkin Berteig is a Baha'i, a father of four, a husband and an experienced Agile consultant and trainer. Mishkin is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) with the Scrum Alliance, a certified Master of OpenAgile wight he OpenAgile Centre for Learning and a certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) with the Scaled Agile Academy. Mishkin has a technical background including a B.Sc. in Computer Science and worked as a Chief Architect reporting to the CIO of Charles Schwab, but gave it up to be more Agile.

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